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Premature deaths should be the priority for prevention

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3946 (Published 22 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3946

Simplicity means achievement of maximum effect with minimum means--less is more

Richard is doubting the scientific value of touching and
feels
that it is not evidence based. Modern medicine has become
evidence burdened. One example will suffice. There are 7
(maybe more now) guidelines for hypertension treatment in
the world. Computed together they just cover 39% of
hypertensives for inclusion criteria. What happens to the
other 61%? None of the seven give the bedside clinician an
idea as to what to do with the patient in the bed as all
evidence is statistical and not individualised!

Touching could have a powerful therapeutic effect that works
through the Placebo effect. The latter is now going from the
grey area of non science to science. (BMJ. 2006; 332: 391
and
Am. J. Psychiatry 2002; 159: 122)

That also becomes then evidence based. As Albert Einstein
opines, "simplicity means achievement of maximum with
minimum means"--less is definitely more!

BM Hegde

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

26 July 2010
BM Hegde
Editor in Chief, Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes
Mangalore-575 004, India