What Constitutes Therapeutic Success? The Interferons (1978–1998)

  • T. Pieters
Conference paper
Part of the Ernst Schering Research Foundation Workshop book series (SCHERING FOUND, volume 5)


Every so often, during the past 25 years, scientific claims of therapeutic accomplishment in the treatment of cancer have entered the public domain. The biographies of these experimental therapies seem to have a familiar pattern in common: implied claims for a cancer cure based on preliminary tests, exaggerated coverage in the media, high public expectations, widespread disappointment and loss of interest when the claims failed to materialize in large scale trials, researchers and administrators forced on the defensive. and finally there seems hardly any reason for continuation of research or for clinical application.


Common Cold Hairy Cell Leukaemia Therapeutic Success Biological Response Modifier Professional Ambition 
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