An early 'clinical trial' as a teaching exercise: the Book of Daniel 1.1-15 (1.1-20).

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This article discusses a very early clinical trial from the Old Testament. One of Daniel's and his companions' tribulations in Babylonia is explicated within the framework of the modern clinical trial. Even if many, or maybe even most, guidelines for good clinical trial practice are violated (it can even be argued that this is not really a clinical trial), a discussion of this biblico-historical episode in, for example, a problem-based course in (clinical) epidemiology or a course in the critical appraisal of the literature, can be a useful (and possibly entertaining) exercise.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ostbye, T; Rochon, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 97 - 101

PubMed ID

  • 8433669

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0308-0110

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1993.tb00236.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England