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Where's the Evidence?Debates in Modern Medicine$
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William A. Silverman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780192630889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.001.0001

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Belief and disbelief

Belief and disbelief

(p.89) 22 Belief and disbelief
Where's the Evidence?

William A. Silverman

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a 1993 commentary on the medical profession. Despite the availability of scientific information and the dependence of medical practice on it, the medical practitioner is still under social pressure to adopt a different point of view about his/her work as compared to the outlook of the academic investigator. The practitioner is very likely convinced about the utility of what he/she is doing, and that intervention makes the difference between success and failure, rather than no difference at all.

Keywords:   medical practice, medicine, medical profession, scientific information

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