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When Optimism Is Unrealistic

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 5:20am
Pauline W. Chen, MD

As a medical student and later during my residency, I trained for some time in a medical center known for its research and clinical trials. Every week, patients with rare diseases and cancers that had not responded to standard therapy arrived from all over the country, eager to try something new, even if the efficacy of the treatments had not yet been proven.

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