Is "Liberation" similar to "The Emperor's New Clothes?
"The Emperor's New Clothes"
An Emperor who cares for nothing but his wardrobe hires two weavers who promise him the finest suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or "just hopelessly stupid". The Emperor cannot see the cloth himself, but pretends that he can for fear of appearing unfit for his position or stupid; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they dress him in mime and the Emperor then marches in procession before his subjects. A child in the crowd calls out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but holds himself up proudly and continues the procession.
Hans Christian Andersen, 1837.
That is why we do studies. Patients with MS desparately want a cure, and are hopeful that CCSVI may prove fruitful. If you are implying that merely because CCSVI generates interest and hopefulness, and that is somehow wrong, I think that is sad. I moved and was trying out to a new neurologist, and asked if he heard of CCSVI. He said "no, but he knew what it was about. It was another crazy theory like some birdbrained Dr. in Florida had come up with that didn't pan out." He didn't even know what it was, and he was sure if it gave MS patients some hope, it had to be wrong.
The implication is that hopeless and despondent is somehow the natural and unavoidable proper state for MS patients. Of course we need to be skeptical and scientific in our investigtation of this new theory, but it makes sense and certainly deserves study. Remember, anctedotal evidence may not be conclusive, but it is, after all, evidence.