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NHS Handbook criticises evidence based medicine

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1439

Evidence based medicine may be “overly rooted in a narrow scientism” which values only that which can be measured and quantified, says Professor David Hunter of the Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds.

Professor Hunter, writing in the latest issue of the NHS Handbook, expresses concern that evidence based medicine is “being oversold as a panacea for the problems of rationing and alleged underfunding in the NHS.” …

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