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Case studies again, though this time 300 yr old case studies…

In Uncategorized on September 18, 2008 by Alan Lovell Tagged: , , , ,

Anne Welsh was inspired by some of my incoherent babblings on case studies and has done some snuffling around and come up with an interesting article “on the use of patient case studies in surgical treatises in the late 17th century”, which explains how the use of case studies for education and description of best (and worst!) practice was in use in the late 1600s in England. It makes interesting reading – do take a look if you have a moment.

If you’re interested in the history of EBM, I’d like to remind you that you could do a lot worse than to take a look at the James Lind Library, where you can find details of, amongst other things, a 10th Century AD controlled trial… (no record of whether he got ethics approval first.)

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