Balancing the Patient Experience with Evidence-Based Medicine

October 31, 2014 7:32 PM

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Balancing the Patient Experience with Evidence-Based Medicine

Recently, Dr. Peter Kramer published an intriguing, well-written, but poorly reasoned and potentially dangerous "thought piece" in the New York Times. His article, "Why Doctors Need Stories," contains several logical flaws and erroneous arguments, but the overarching concept is a classic "straw man" argument.

He creates a false and highly misleading notion of what "evidence-based medicine" (EBM) is and then proceeds with a screed against EBM in order to extol the virtue of the anecdote. This sort of argument works particularly well when the reader has little or no knowledge of the term being misrepresent...

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