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Making Medical Knowledge$
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Miriam Solomon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198732617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732617.001.0001

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Concluding Thoughts

Concluding Thoughts

(p.225) 10 Concluding Thoughts
Making Medical Knowledge

Miriam Solomon

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers some concluding thoughts on the methods explored in this book, and on future developments. All the methods have something old and something new; something obvious and something odd; a characteristic ethos; strengths and weaknesses; epistemic ironies and tensions. There will be new methods as knowledge develops. Personalized medicine is a candidate for a new method, but it is not there yet. The overall picture is of a developing, untidy, methodological pluralism. There is no hierarchy of methods; controversies need to be resolved in substantive rather than formal ways.

Keywords:   personalized medicine, methodological pluralism, medical controversy, evidence-based medicine, EBM, consensus conference, translational medicine, narrative medicine

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