Foundations of Evidence-Based Medicine

Foundations of Evidence-Based Medicine

Foundations of Evidence-Based Medicine

Foundations of Evidence-Based Medicine

Synopsis

Presenting a cornucopia of topics seldom seen in a single resource, Foundations of Evidence-Based Medicine explores the principles of formal logic as applied to clinical problems and the uses of evidence in logical reasoning. Filled with definitions, formulae, outlines, flow charts, and checklists, the book contains accounts and references for almost anything you might want to know about the constantly growing roles of public health and clinical epidemiology in modern medicine. It describes the reasoning behind diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in practical clinical medicine and discusses methods in quantitative analysis, especially meta-analysis and decision analysis. The innovative blend of informal logic and structured evidence-based reasoning makes this book stand out in a crowd.

Excerpt

'…the art of medidne is the skilled application of medical science. In this sense, the art of medicine is no different from the art of engineering or architecture or any other applied science in which a large body of knowledge must be applied to everyday problems. Some engineers and architects are better than others: they are better 'artists'. …Clearly, it does little good for medical science and technology to make dramatic advances if these advances are going to be applied inefficiently and incorrectly.'

S. Schwartz and T. Griffin, 1986

Science may be described as the art of systematic oversimplification

Karl Popper, 1982

Logic is the technique by which we add conviction to truth

Jean de la Bruyerè, 1688 . . .

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