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March 8, 2000

Clinical EvidenceClinical Evidence: A Compendium of the Best Available Evidence for Effective Health Care

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Fiona Godlee (Clinical Evidence No. 1), 598 pp, with illus, paper, updated every six months, $99 individual, $192 institutional, $89 ACP-ASIM members, $53 students; ISBN 0-7279-1364-6, ISSN 1462-3846, London, England, BMJ Publishing Group, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, 1999.

JAMA. 2000;283(10):1352-1353. doi:10.1001/jama.283.10.1352

. . . the assertion which outstrips evidence is not only a blunder but a crime.—T.H. Huxley, Science and Culture, 1880.

Clinical Evidence is a book about evidence only, sans recommendation and judgment. This is because the decision to apply evidence toward patient care rests on the clinician, in keeping with the tenets of evidence-based medicine. The pedigree for this opus is impressive; its editorial list includes names familiar to readers of clinical epidemiology and evaluative sciences. The BMJ (British Medical Journal) publishing group, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, and a cadre of multinational reviewers have created a tight mosaic with bright future prospects.

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