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Buddha and evidence based medicine

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7473.1016 (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1016
  1. Sonal Singh, resident physician
  1. Unity Health System, Rochester NY, USA

    The BMJ's efforts to highlight the evidence for evidence based medicine reminds us of its origins.1 I believe that evidence based medicine has been around us much longer than we think. One of its oldest proponents was the great Indian philosopher, the Buddha.

    The Buddhist aim of eliminating suffering coincides with the objectives of medicine.2 The emphasis on compassion finds natural expression in the care of the sick. In the Buddhist monasteries it was laid down …

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