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Letters Evidence based medicine manifesto

Evidence industry needs more humility and perspective on its role

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 30 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3982
  1. Simon Cockill, GP locum
  1. Shrewsbury, UK
  1. simon.cockill{at}

Heneghan and colleagues’ article made me wonder whether the “evidence industry” has overheated.1 Guidance is good but to feel controlled undermines doctors’ autonomy and authority. Being a doctor is more than beating Google to proclaim the evidence.

Evidence should be right first time. After 25 years I find that antibiotics can once again be taken with the pill, and I have a suspicion that low fat diets are being replaced …

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