The Philosophy of Evidence-based Medicine

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Wiley, Feb 14, 2011 - Medical - 248 pages
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Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has become a required element of clinical practice, but it is critical for the healthcare community to understand the ongoing controversy surrounding EBM. Seeking to address questions raised by critics, The Philosophy of Evidence-based Medicine challenges the over dependency of EBM on randomized controlled trials. This book also explores EBM methodology and its relationship with other approaches used in medicine.

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(Review by Yoffe, http://medicalmediareview.com/2012/05/25/the-philosophy-of-evidence-based-medicine-2011-by-dr-jeremy-howick/)
The Philosophy of Evidence Based Medicine (2011) by Dr. Jeremy Howick
helps answer the question of how to think about medicine so that judgement can be made. The book addresses key questions about medical decision-making, such as: what role should mechanistic reasoning have in determining appropriate medical care? And, what weight, if any, should be given to expert opinions?
This isn’t a book about how doctors think. It is about how doctors ought to think.
The book contextualizes numerous examples from contemporary and close-to-contemporary medical literature and contains hundreds of references to important medical trials and papers. There are surprisingly few book in existence that help doctors think like scientists. This is one of them.
I believe that The Philosophy of Evidence Based Medicine is an extremely important and practical book about evidence-based medicine, and I consider it to be one of the most important contemporary books on the subject.
I recommend it very highly.
 

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Jeremy Howick PhD
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Department of Primary Care, University of Oxford, UK

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