Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Testing

This was one of the most e-mailed stories on the New York Times:

Chemotherapy Fog Is No Longer Ignored As An Illusion


Sounds a lot like Lyme brain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome fog.

But somehow I bet there are still a ton of doctors who think it's not real. They can't imagine that people can perform normally on neurocognitive tests and still have trouble functioning. Blame the test or blame the person? Do we really expect the little test to cover so much of human brain function? Maybe it can find severe brain problems, but there's nothing in the test that is going to see whether a person puts their shoes in the freezer, or whether they can do their job which requires much more complex and coordinated brain activities.

In software, the QA engineers can put the software through the most thorough testing they can possibly do, but customers are still going to call up with all sorts of bugs. Imagine telling customers that it must just be their perception because all our QA tests passed 100%!

1 comments:

Adit said...

How are you doing? You have not posted in a few days (-: