[lit-ideas] Re: Say wha?

  • From: John McCreery <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 14:40:57 -0400

To infer from evidence that women who took antidepressants were at higher
risk that the antidepressants were the cause of that higher risk is a
classic example of post hoc ergo propter
hoc<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_hoc_ergo_propter_hoc> reasoning.
The women in question may have been at higher risk for other reasons,
including some that explain why they were taking antidepressants. This is
why clinical trials involve double-blind tests.


On Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 2:13 PM, Julie Krueger <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Can somebody parse this for me?
> <<"Although we found women who took antidepressants were at higher risk, I
> don't have anything to indicate it's because of the medications," she
> says.>>
> http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/medical/womenshealth/story/2011/08/Depressed-women-have-higher-risk-of-stroke/49931142/1?csp=ylf
> Julie Krueger

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