The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Science Based Medicine
I started this blog not only to create a useful resource but to have a conversation. As our tagline suggests, we want to explore (not dictate) the relationship between science and the practice of medicine. As it turns out, there is a very complicated relationship between these two things. That conversation takes place in the comments, but also by responding to other outlets who are, in turn, responding to us.
No doubt, we are promoting a specific approach to medicine that we call science-based. Briefly, we feel that medical interventions that are safe and effective are inherently superior to interventions that are unsafe or ineffective (that should be a hopefully non-controversial premise). We also feel, as the name implies, that the best way to determine which interventions are safe and effective is by looking critically at all the available science. This includes examining the process and institutions of medical sciencepost was originally published on this site