experimental treatment

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An unproven therapy which may or may not be better than a current ‘gold standard’ therapy

experimental treatment

Internal medicine An unproven therapy which may or may not be superior to a current 'gold standard' therapy
Experimental treatment–criteria
Not generally accepted by the medical community as effective and proven
Not recognized by professional medical organizations as conforming to accepted medical practice
Not approved by the FDA or other requisite government body
Are in clinical trials or need further study
Are rarely used, novel, or unknown and lack authoritative evidence of safety and efficacy (AMN 18/9/95, p16)
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The dairyman had not recognized the taste at that time, and thought the butter bewitched.
At all events, I've had a good Russian cry over this poor fellow," she added, pointing to the prince, who had not recognized her in the slightest degree.
She has already seen you and not recognized you," said his friend, gently, for he felt the danger of Philippe's excited hopes, and tried to cast a salutary doubt upon them.
Her sight was not so keen as ours; she had not recognized her son yet.
One day this worthy gentleman had the deep misfortune to perform for his cause a service of capital importance which was not recognized as legitimate by those who suffered its disadvantages.
Being seated, she proceeded, still with an air of hurry and embarrassment, to open her cabas, to take out her books; and, while I was waiting for her to look up, in order to make out her identity--for, shortsighted as I was, I had not recognized her at her entrance--Mdlle.
Scrutinizing him constantly with the eye of affection, she had become aware of a curious perversity in his temperament which caused her much anxiety, and would have caused her still more if she had not recognized the germs of it in her own nature.
He had not recognized it, however, until now that she seemed about to pass out of his existence.
As the guards dragged me away my heart was very sad and bitter indeed, for now to the two relentless enemies that had hounded her for so long another and a more powerful one had been added, for I would have been but a fool had I not recognized the sudden love for Dejah Thoris that had just been born in the terrible breast of Salensus Oll, Jeddak of Jeddaks, ruler of Okar.
Thus far, Screw had not recognized, nor even observed me; but he immediately identified me by my voice, while I was parleying with the stupid servant at the door.
Though, a Certifying Authority registered in Korea is at present not recognized in India, so digital signatures created under the regulatory regime of Korea are not recognised as legally valid in India (and vice-versa).
Over thirty counties have yet not recognized Macedonia as an independent country.