Mere anecdote: evidence and stories in medicine.

@article{Nunn2011MereAE,
  title={Mere anecdote: evidence and stories in medicine.},
  author={Robin Nunn},
  journal={Journal of evaluation in clinical practice},
  year={2011},
  volume={17 5},
  pages={920-6}
}
In evidence-based medicine, randomized controlled trials are said to be the highest evidence of what works, while anecdotes have low value or are not even considered to be medical evidence. Similar hierarchical views of evidence have infected other disciplines, including evidence-based education and evidence-based government. Here, I explore the artificial divisions of acceptable from unacceptable evidence, numbers from narrative and sciences from humanities. I challenge the deprecation of… CONTINUE READING
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