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Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:71

Re: Re: Is EBM a Belief?

In a previous e-response [1], Peter Morrell “ask(s) Joseph Watine to
provide the evidence and the observations for the existence of EBM and
colo-rectal cancer”.

May I suggest Peter Morrell that he would better ask one of the
thousands of patients who are currently suffering from colo-rectal cancer
if they prefer to be treated using current medical knowledge (i.e. EBM) or
if they prefer to be treated by homeopathy or by any other religious
belief? When he has got the answer to this question, Peter Morrell might
perhaps compare the survival of the patients who were treated using the
EBM approach with that of the patients who were treated using the
homeopathic or religious approach.

This might provide us with a very interesting and useful study.


Competing interests: No competing interests

05 December 2000
Joseph Watine
Eur Clin Chem