'Better than numbers...' A gentle critique of evidence-based medicine.

@article{Little2003BetterTN,
  title={'Better than numbers...' A gentle critique of evidence-based medicine.},
  author={Miles Little},
  journal={ANZ journal of surgery},
  year={2003},
  volume={73 4},
  pages={177-82; discussion 182}
}
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) has achieved cult status in the last 10 years or so. It is an altogether admirable movement in medicine, capable of a great deal of good. Its privileged status, however, has prevented critics from being heard, and there are problems with EBM. Eight features need further discussion if EBM is not to be discredited and superseded. They are its reductionism; its unwitting paternalism; its privileging of restricted kinds of evidence; its dependence on the questionable… CONTINUE READING
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