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Evidence based medicine: does it make a difference?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7482.92 (Published 06 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:92

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  1. Benjamin Druss, Rosalynn Carter chair in mental health (bdruss@emory.edu)
  1. Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA

    EDITOR—The term “evidence based medicine” entered the scientific lexicon only a little more than a decade ago.1 What caused its remarkable spread, and what are the implications of its broad and rapid diffusion?



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