Arturo Morillo

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3994
  1. Sophie Arie, London
  1. sarie{at}

Early proponent of evidence based medicine

Arturo Morillo was a physiologist and epidemiologist whose natural passion for clinical research led him to play a key part in early efforts to promote evidence based medicine globally.

As a young medical student in Bogotà in the 1960s, Morillo—who had grown up in a poor farming region of Colombia—encountered pompous professors who showed no interest in clinical research. “Our traditional professors went to Paris, and they came back very elegant, with a dictatorial kind of power, all important, walking along with everyone behind,” he told Jeanne Daly, the author of a book entitled Evidence-Based Medicine and the Science of Clinical Care.1 He recalled these professors visiting wards, looking for “interesting cases” (the ones you would probably never see again), or making long speeches about many possible diagnoses for a patient, giving the impression they knew everything—but having “nothing to say about what was actually happening in Colombia.”

Evidence based medicine

As a young teacher of physiology at Javeriana University’s School of Medicine …

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