Aulus Cornelius Celsus and ‘empirical’ and ‘dogmatic’ medicine

  title={Aulus Cornelius Celsus and ‘empirical’ and ‘dogmatic’ medicine},
  author={Jeremy Howick},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine},
  pages={426 - 430}
  • J. Howick
  • Published 1 November 2016
  • History
  • Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
An enduring debate in the history of medicine exists between groups we might call empiricists and rationalists. The empiricists hold that actual observations of ill health and treatment effects provide the main basis for trustworthy knowledge. The rationalists insist that to identify the cure of disease, we need to understand the underlying (and often hidden) causes and mechanisms that explain how the treatment works. The first mention of this debate of which we are aware comes from the Roman… 

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