Hi zufus. With all due respect (I've offered my respect to you several times recently, haven't I?
), may I say that simply don't see the "twilight zone" perspective that you do.
I think that one reason may be that I don't look for, or expect, a guarantee from any medical procedure.
I understand the phenomena of naturally occuring variation.
I understand that statistics from medical studies describe trends in large (or sometimes small) numbers of people, and that statistics cannot be used to predict what will actually happen to an individual.
I understand that nomograms tell us about
the general outcomes populations with similarly characterized cases, not specifically who will end up with what outcome.
To me. none of this is "twilight zone"...it's just science and nature.