[ RadSafe ] Article: The neutron-therapy saga: a cautionary tale

Gary Isenhower gisenhower at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 11:25:36 CST 2008

*Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of
certainty — some most unsure, some nearly sure, but none absolutely certain
 - Richard Feynman

John, I think you need rephrase your comment, because if you wait for
complete scientific knowledge, you will never get anywhere at all.

-Gary Isenhower
On Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 2:21 PM, John Jacobus <crispy_bird at yahoo.com> wrote:

> The following appeared at
> http://medicalphysicsweb.org/cws/article/opinion/32466  The
> neutron-therapy saga: a cautionary tale  Neutron therapy - tumour
> destruction via irradiation with a beam of neutrons - was once heralded as a
> highly promising new cancer treatment. Unfortunately, research based upon an
> optimistic interpretation of initial experimental evidence produced
> disappointing clinical results. As the following sequence of events
> illustrates, the use of partial scientific knowledge in an attempt to
> improve the treatment of a complex biological condition such as cancer
> proved ill-advised.

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