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Seven alternatives to evidence-based medicine


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Basing medicine on careful observation and independently verifiable facts was a great idea when it started with Vesalius in the 1600s, and it’s been delivering the goods so well ever since that many doctors have been a bit puzzled by the modern EBM movement: what else would you base medicine on? Faith? Wit? Vehemence? In this paper, the British Medical Journal suggests seven amusing possibilities, and it’s easy to imagine more.

~ Paul Ingraham

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