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“To Improve the Evidence of Medicine”: The 18th Century British Origins of a Critical Approach; Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine 1550-1680

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7308.348 (Published 11 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:348
  1. Arpan K Banerjee, consultant radiologist
  1. Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals NHS Trust

    “To Improve the Evidence of Medicine”: The 18th Century British Origins of a Critical Approach

    Ulrich Tröhler

    Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, £10, pp 147

    Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine 1550-1680

    Andrew Wear

    Cambridge University Press, £16.95, pp 496

    ISBN: 0 521 55827 1

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    To future medical historians, the last decade of the millennium will be perhaps most noteworthy for the remarkable renaissance in articles and books on evidence based medicine. In the first monograph here, Ulrich Tröhler, a distinguished Swiss physician and medical historian, reminds us that evidence based medicine is not a new concept and can be traced back to 18th century British origins.

    The title of the book is taken from …

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