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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:170
  1. David L Sackett,
  2. William M C Rosenberg,
  3. J A Muir Gray,
  4. R Brian Haynes,
  5. W Scott Richardson
  1. Professor in medicine Clinical tutor in medicine Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 9DU
  2. Director of research and development Anglia and Oxford Regional Health Authority, Milton Keynes MK14 6QP
  3. Professor of medicine McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5
  4. Associate professor of medicine University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA 14621

    EDITOR,—Blair H Smith and Nigel T James have not done their homework. The crucial importance of clinical skill and the roles of both patients' needs and non-randomised evidence were emphasised four years ago in our initial paper on evidence based medicine.1 Methodological and clinical criteria for articles in Evidence-Based Medicine are published in every issue, as is a glossary explaining methods and terms. Commentaries are signed, and both the commentators and authors of the original articles collaborate in writing the …

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