Paradigms and pragmatism: approaches to medical statistics.

  title={Paradigms and pragmatism: approaches to medical statistics.},
  author={Michael J. R. Healy},
  journal={Annali di igiene : medicina preventiva e di comunita},
  volume={12 4},
Until recently, the dominant philosophy of science was that due to Karl Popper, with its doctrine that the proper task of science was the formulation of hypotheses followed by attempts at refuting them. In spite of the close analogy with significance testing, these ideas do not fit well with the practice of medical statistics. The same can be said of the later philosophy of Thomas Kuhn, who maintains that science proceeds by way of revolutionary upheavals separated by periods of relatively… CONTINUE READING