Rebuttal to Tarnished Gold: The Sickness of Evidence-Based Medicine by Hickey and Roberts

Unfortunately, a lot has been going on in life and I haven’t posted as much as I would like to.   The main reason has been some major life changes and class work (I’m getting a master in educational technology). Another reason has been a lack of inspiration. Well, I am inspired now.

Tarnished Gold book cover image

Recently on a listserv I subscribe to someone mentioned a book called Tarnished Gold: The Sickness of Evidence-based Medicine. Some said it was a great book and many said it was garbage. I had never heard of it but could tell by the comments it is an anti-EBM piece. The EBM paradigm is evolving, as it should. Part of how a paradigm evolves is critical review of its tenants.  This book seems to challenge the tenants of EBM.  It’s important to look at all sides of a story to formulate a complete understanding of it. My bias is for EBM principles. I plan to read this book and give my rebuttal to each chapter. I will be as fair as I can and give them credit for good ideas and challenge ones I don’t agree with.  I have read the preface, foreword, and 1st chapter and know I will have a lot to write about.

Look for my 1st installment tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Rebuttal to Tarnished Gold: The Sickness of Evidence-Based Medicine by Hickey and Roberts

  1. It’s not ad hominem but merely context to point out that Roberts and Hickey are proponents of orthromolecular medicine, which has been fairly labelled “quackery” since it defies our current understanding of biochemistry and metabolism, and appears to be little more than wishful-thinking intended to push supplement sales. They are also proponents of vitamin c as a cancer cure per Linus Pauling and others http://www.peakenergy.com/news/VitaminC_Cancer_w_Comments.pdf something which the Linus Pauling Institute has long conceded is nonsense. Whatever one’s opinions about EBM, it’s worrisome if physicians are not able to recognize this book as pseudoscience.

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