Bottom Line Medicine: A Layman's Guide to Evidence-Based Medicine

Bottom Line Medicine: A Layman's Guide to Evidence-Based Medicine

Bottom Line Medicine: A Layman's Guide to Evidence-Based Medicine

Bottom Line Medicine: A Layman's Guide to Evidence-Based Medicine

Synopsis

Stanzak, a molecular biologist turned critical care nurse, asks if the term medical science is an oxymoron. After years of seeing patients die or have poor medical outcomes despite aggressive and advanced medical care, Stanzak began to question whether that medical care was all that advanced. Here he explains to those who are undergoing that medi

Excerpt

This book is not written as an indictment against physicians. Its purpose is to recognize that practitioners of medicine are human and therefore prone to the same weaknesses and foibles which plague the rest of humanity. They are no more or less caring than ministers, social workers, teachers or any other profession. Yet each of these fields has had their fair share of scandals and is held accountable for their mistakes and failures while medicine, until recently, has been immune from this scrutiny.

The specialized knowledge base of medicine and the fear we each have of our own mortality elevates the practitioners of medicine to near sainthood status. Physicians often appear to hold our destinies in their hands, pronouncing who will live or die, by near miraculous methods. To their credit, they are more often right than wrong. However, they are not infallible. The failure of many physicians to openly acknowledge their shortcomings or inability to offer meaningful “cures” establishes the foundations for much of what is wrong in western medicine.

Many physicians believe they rely almost exclusively on the scientific method, this reliance is frequently without merit and physicians are often practitioners of “faith based medicine” more than they would probably care to acknowledge. Most physicians would strongly reject this accusation; they vehemently assert that all they do is backed by scientific study and has been validated in the scientific literature. The purpose of this book is to evaluate this assertion; it is my belief that the literature does not support most of the contentions of western medicine. The same peer review journals which physicians rely so heavily to support their practice of medicine more often than not repudiate these claims. My intent is to present, in a hopefully unbiased manner, the actual findings published in these journals to the layman. Knowledge of the limits and benefits of medicine should help all those in need to make choices more congruent to their belief system while facilitating dialogue between the physician and patient and/or family.

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