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Ethics and evidence based medicine: fallibility and responsibility in clinical science
  1. R Mathis

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    Edited by K W Goodman. Cambridge University Press, 2002, £23.99, pp 180. ISBN 0521796539

    Uncertainty is the name of the game in philosopher Kenneth W Goodman’s attempt to apply ethics to evidence based medicine (EBM). Indeed, the book is as much about epistemology, or the study of how we learn and know about the world, as it is about ethics. Goodman’s desire is to understand what constitutes proof, or evidence, that a particular treatment is better than others. One of the ethical connections is that a failure to use such treatments is blameworthy.

    EBM is a concept that is getting a great deal of attention these days. At least two factors drive this …

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