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Commentary
November 17, 1999

Ten Lessons for Evidence-Based Technology Assessment

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Md.

JAMA. 1999;282(19):1865-1869. doi:10.1001/jama.282.19.1865

Soon after Rene Laennec invented the stethoscope in 1816, it was met with "suspicion and distrust . . . by those who were practicing medicine when it was introduced."1 As late as the 1850s, skeptics described the new diagnostic aid as "a dangerous instrument."1

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