Views & Reviews Outside the Box

Evidence based medicine: new storylines needed

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 18 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3296
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    My publisher is breathing down my neck for a fourth edition of How to Read a Paper. In 1995 Ruth Holland (who then edited my BMJ column) suggested that evidence based medicine was as dull a subject as any invented and that someone ought to sex it up in an accessible paperback. I did my best, and the book sold like hot cakes—though Ruth (who was tragically killed in a train crash in 1996) never lived to see the launch.

    Bestseller status notwithstanding, I …

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