Episode 50: I Know Nothing


 

What does it mean to know something in medicine? In this episode, we’ll explore this question by developing a historical framework of medical epistemologies in a journey that involves King Nebuchadnezzar, citrus fruit, leeches, water pumps, ICD-10, Socrates, skepticism, and 1970’s computer programs designed to replace doctors. This is a version of a Grand Rounds given at BIDMC on October 25, 2019. 

Sources:

  • Bothwell LE et al, “Assessing the Gold Standard — Lessons from the History of RCTs,” NEJM June 2, 2016.
  • Khushf G, “A Framework for Understanding Medical Epistemologies,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 38: 461-486, 2013.
  • Guyatt G and Tonelli M, Med Roundtable Gen Med Ed.;June 13, 2012 1(1): 75 – 84.
  • Morabia A, A History of Epidemiologic Methods and Concepts, 2004.
  • Tonelli MR, “Integrating evidence into clinical practice: an alternative to evidence-based approaches,” Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 12(3) 248-256.

 

Music from https://filmmusic.io

“Tango de Manzana” and “Return of the Mummy” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)

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