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a majority of medical procedures are not supported by serious scientific evidence
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jezel From: jezel Date: October 18th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
This has nothing to do with the current post.

Ahem.

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wendolen From: wendolen Date: October 18th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is not news.
From: samildanach Date: October 18th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Yes, but."

I'm wholly in favor of applying scientific rigor to medical practice, automating as much of care as is feasible, and furthering evidence-based medicine -- my entire professional career has been spent supporting software systems to affect this change.

But diagnosis isn't a mechanical process, and won't be for some time. It's a function of a trained intuition, and the mechanical systems we build are properly considered to be enhancing human expertise.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: October 18th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is currently true for diagnosis, but OTOH, treatment is still stuck in the 18thC. The example the article lead with was something that was actually worse than not helpful, it was harmful, but the diagnosing and treating doctors never bothered to notice.
From: samildanach Date: October 18th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your point stands.

(18thC is hyperbole -- they were still using bleeding at that point. At the beginning of the 20thC many practicioners still questioned the germ theory of disease. Even though we've a long way to go, we've come a long, long way.)
elfs From: elfs Date: October 18th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are few, if any, studies on the efficacy of educational techniques. Even when there are, few schools adopt them, usually with the refrain, "Those won't work for our students."
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: October 18th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Medical Schools and Education Schools have many things in common.
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