Sure, these large studies can seem boring, and investigators -- like everyone -- need some diversions to spice things up. But some of these scientists were trying too hard:
AWESOME -- Angina With Extremely Serious Operative Mortality Evaluation BATMAN -- BiodivYsio® BATiMastat SV stent versus balloon ANgioplasty
IMPRESS -- Inhibition of MetalloProtease by BMS-186716 in a Randomized Exercise and Symptoms Study; PROVE IT -- PRavastatin Or atorVastatin Evaluation and Infection Therapy; SHOCK -- SHOuld we emergently revascularize occluded coronaries for Cardiogenic shocK
Seriously, how can people keep a straight face at cardiology conferences?
"Oh yeah, Bob, it's easy enrolling candidates for the AWESOME study."
"Great, John. But we're under a lot of pressure in the PROVE IT trial to, you know, prove it. Hey, over there -- who's that guy?"
And there's more. Who knew docs could be so funny?