Presenting a cornucopia of topics seldom seen in a single resource, Foundations of Evidence-Based Medicine explores the principles of formal logic as applied to clinical problems and the uses of evidence in logical reasoning. Filled with definitions, formulae, outlines, flow charts, and checklists, the book contains accounts and references for almost anything you might want to know about the constantly growing roles of public health and clinical epidemiology in modern medicine. It describes the reasoning behind diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in practical clinical medicine and discusses methods in quantitative analysis, especially meta-analysis and decision analysis. The innovative blend of informal logic and structured evidence-based reasoning makes this book stand out in a crowd.
Table of Contents
HOW DO WE SEE THINGS IN MEDICINE
How Do We See Medicine, Health and Disease?
The Work of Physicians with Individuals and Communities
The Logic of Modern Medicine
HOW DO WE DO THINGS IN MEDICINE
Producing and Evaluating Evidence
Assessing the Health of Individuals and Communities
Identifying Cases of Disease - Clinimetrics and Diagnosis
Describing What Happens
Search for Causes of Disease Occurrence
The Impact of Treatment and Other Clinical and Community Health Interventions
PUTTING EXPERIENCE TOGETHER AND MAKING DECISIONS
Uses of Evidence through Logic in Medicine
Analyzing and Integrating a Body of Knowledge
Using Evidence and Logic in Everyday Clinical Reasoning, Communication, and
Legal and Scientific Argumentation
Decision Analysis and Decision Making in Medicine
EPILOGUE. WIDENING HORIZON'S, STAYING IN TOUCH
"[Jenicek] aims his lessons about clinical thinking at newly minted health professionals. His focus hits this target with laser precision, but it informs the jaded among us also. With scholarly poise, Jenicek tells us that the fundamentals of logic apply to both epidemiology and clinical medicine."
- JAMA, November 19, 2003
"…clarity and organization…beautifully produced…"
- International Review of Psychiatry
- Journal of Community Health
"…very oriented toward teaching the language of epidemiology and medical decision making…Jenicek gives a marvelous summary of the most important health indicators…"
- Medical Decision Making
"…will be a valuable reference for epidemiologists…"
- Chronic Diseases in Canada
"…outstanding scholarship…the detail of coverage of most topics, particularly in the clinical field, is remarkable…"
- The Lancet
"…outstanding tables and graphs…the last two chapters on meta-analysis and decision analysis are among the best overviews of these new fields that I have read…this volume is beautifully put together…"
- Canadian Family Physician