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Evidence based bloodletting

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:854
  1. Mike Crilly, primary care physician
  1. Ormskirk, Lancashire

    In the summer of 1996 I attended one of the early workshops on evidence based medicine, run by David Sackett in Oxford. One innovation was to name the small groups after eminent (but long dead) physicians. My group was called Pierre Louis.

    A few days before the workshop I came across Pierre Louis on the introductory pages of a clinical epidemiology textbook. I photocopied his picture and took the old Parisian along with me to Oxford. Since then I've got to know him a little better. 1 2

    Louis was born …

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