The Silver Lining for Clinical Trials During the Pandemic

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Located in major medical centers, clinical trials all but halted during the pandemic, but a new approach has given birth to the trials. He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all. — William Osler Clinical trials are vital to our understanding of disease processes. The trials of newly developed medications and treatments provide insight into how the drugs might ameliorate the symptoms, eliminate the disease, or kill the patient. The usual procedure for laying out these trials’ disposition is that once patients are enrolled, they returned to the…...

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Patricia Farrell Patricia Farrell is a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey and Florida in the United States, a published author, former psychiatric researcher, educator and consultant to WebMD. She specializes in stress and medical illness and has been in the field for over 30 years. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Farrell held a number of editorial positions in trade magazine publishing and newspaper syndication. Her interests include photography, computers and writing both fiction and non-fiction.