INDIFFERENCE OF SUBJECTS: AN ALTERNATIVE TO EQUIPOISE IN
RANDOMIZED CLINICAL TRIALS
Robert M. Veatch a1 a1 Philosophy, The Kennedy Institute of
Ethics and Georgetown University
The physician who upholds the Hippocratic oath is supposed
to be loyal to his or her patients. This requires choosing only
the therapy that the physician believes is best for the patient.
However, knowing what is best requires randomized clinical trials.
Thus, clinicians must be willing to recruit their patients to
be assigned at random to one of two therapies (or perhaps to
a therapy or a placebo) in order to determine which is best
based on the highest standards of pharmacological science.