How do we know whether a particular drug, therapy or operation really works, and how well? How reliable is the evidence? Are clinical trials truly unbiased? And is current research focused on the real needs of patients? Such timely and pressing questions are raised and addressed in this probing inquiry into modern clinical research, with far-reaching implications for daily medical practice and patient care. Aimed at both patients and professionals, "Testing Treatments" builds a lively and thought provoking argument for better, more reliable, more relevant research, with unbiased or 'fair' trials, and explains how patients can work with doctors to achieve this vital goal.