344 pages | 153 B/W Illus.
Presenting a range of topics seldom seen in a single resource, this fully revised edition continues to explore the principles of formal logic as applied to clinical problems with an increased emphasis on the fundamental relationship between EBM and clinical epidemiology. The book contains accounts and references to aid the reader gain a fuller understanding of the principles that underlie EBM and the evolving roles of public health and clinical epidemiology in modern medicine. The innovative blend of informal logic and structured evidence-based reasoning makes this book invaluable for anyone seeking broad, comprehensive and readable coverage of this complex and sometimes controversial field.
A Word from the Author. A short history of recent development of medical thinking in converging traditional fields, disciplines, and teaching and research experience. Philosophy in medicine, critical thinking and modern argumentation in a nutshell. Cognitive process involving evidence-based approach, patient, community, health professionals and care. Scientific method, evidence-based medicine steps, architecture of medical articles and communication: are not they fairly similar? Seven cornerstones of medical thinking process. Definitions across the thinking process, clinimetrics, categorization and classification. Cause-effect criteria, elements of assessment of beneficial and noxious factors in health phenomena etiology and control by intervention. Risk assessment in a patient and his community. Diagnosis. Treatment and prevention at patient and community levels. Prognosis and outcomes assessment in a patient and the community. Followu up and surveillance. Decision-making in hospital and community setting. Synthesis of scientific and practice experience. Knowledge translation. Let us conclude: Implications for research and practice of pragmatic philosophy outlined. Glossary of terms. Index