Month: June 2016

June 23, 2016 ebmplus

It may seem perverse in a discussion of discovering cures in medicine to focus on the thalidomide case.  Yet, as we shall see, the thalidomide case, though deeply tragic, is, at the same time, very instructive.  It shows, among other things, that a cure cannot be said to have been discovered until it has been…

June 22, 2016 Federica Russo

A core area of interest for EBM+ scholars is evidential pluralism. This is the thesis according to which to establish a causal claim (in medicine, but also elsewhere) we need multifarious evidence. More specifically, we need evidence that causes make a difference to their effects, and evidence of how causes produce effects. This way of…

June 21, 2016 ebmplus

The EBM+ workshop ‘New frontiers for evaluating evidence in medicine‘, which took place on 20 June at UCL London, started off with Andy Fugard looking at talk of mechanisms in psychological therapy.  Andy’s presentation is titled ‘What we talk about when we talk about mechanisms in psychological therapies’. You can read it or download it…

June 9, 2016 Brendan Clarke

I was particularly pleased to read the recent BMJ paper by Margaret McCartney et al, which discussed ways that EBM-based guidelines might be made to better serve the need of individual patients. I’ll urge you to read the whole thing (it’s not long at all), but here, I want to develop one of their themes…