Aristotle: clinical epidemiologist?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 12 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:785

None of the arts theorise about individual cases. Medicine, for instance, does not theorise about what will help to cure Socrates or Callias, but only about what will help to cure any or all of a given class of patients. This alone is business: individual cases are so infinitely various that no systematic knowledge of them is possible.

Aristotle. Rhetoric. book I, chapter 2: 1356b


  • Submitted by Klaus Witt, assistant professor,Department of General Practice, University of Copenhagen

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