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This session introduces certain controversies in modern medicine, in particular those surrounding EBM. For example, EBM advocates use of a ‘hierarchy of evidence’ ranking the quality of evidence gained from different types of clinical study. The correctness and value of such hierarchies of evidence is hotly disputed. How can epistemology bring light to such debates?

Core reading: Bird, A. (2011) The epistemological function of Hill's criteria Preventive Medicine 53, 242–45.

Part of the Topics in the Philosophy of Medicine seminar series:

We will explore topics that are both philosophically interesting, and also relevant to medical research or practice, and the core readings draw on the philosophical as well as the medical literature. We begin with some background linking general epistemological concepts with current topics in philosophy of medicine. We then move on to examine the specific problems of the epistemological role of randomization, causal inference in clinical trials, the role of mechanisms as evidence, the epistemological (and ethical) role of placebo controls, and whether Evidence-Based Medicine as a movement is justified.

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For enquires contact Jeremy Howick.

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