Scientific method and raw data should be considered

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.169c (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:169
  1. Nigel T James
  1. Senior lecturer Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield, PO Box 601, Sheffield S10 2TN

    EDITOR,—Proponents of evidence based medicine claim that it is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best available external evidence about medical care.1 What about scientific method and raw data? Scientific method—the fundamental intellectual activity of obtaining data, assessing them by a series of valid arguments, and obtaining a series of conclusions in descending order of likelihood in all subjects—does not seem to merit consideration.

    Paradoxically, evidence based medicine seems to avoid all contact with the first hand evidence by replacing original findings with subjectively …

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