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Book and Media Reviews
December 20, 2006

Evidence-Based Medicine

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(23):2859-2864. doi:10.1001/jama.296.23.2862-a

On the cover of this book, for all to see, is something that many practitioners forget about evidence-based medicine (EBM): “evidence and expertise and expectations.” EBM is not the blind application of research evidence to every patient but the application of evidence by an experienced practitioner who takes the individual patient and his or her values and expectations into account. Kameshwar Prasad, neurology professor and member of the McMaster University–based EBM Working Group, is clear about this; in fact, clarity epitomizes this book. Obviously intended to teach, it makes difficult concepts understandable through clear language and well-chosen examples.