Just blink, and you will have missed the addition of countless pages of medical information to the global health care environment. Whether published as part of a peer-reviewed medical journal or as pages on a homegrown health advice Web site, such information is meant to affect how practitioners practice and how patients seek care. But does it?
Practicing medicine based on rigorous science is one of the core tenets of the medical profession.1 Among the 6 elements of quality medical care as outlined by the Institute of Medicine is that it be “effective,” as determined through scientific inquiry.2
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