More than an expert
Really David Sackett can't be allowed to bow out so gracefully. Those
of us who were fortunate enough to encounter him during his EBM career
will think of him not as an expert, but as an educator. After all the
world is full of experts and who cares about most of them? What he taught
us was not to rely on his expertise but to ask our own questions and think
for ourselves. There is a whole generation of us that owes him a debt for
enabling us to discover that the stupid questions we never dared ask
because some expert would sneer at us are actually perfectly sensible, and
for giving us the confidence to address them.
So thanks for all that - and I hope he shakes up the world of RCTs by
asking stupid questions like "why do none of my patients ever meet the
inclusion criteria for the most methodologically pure trials"?
Competing interests: No competing interests