Explanation in Medicine

Authored by: Maël Lemoine

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Medicine

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138846791
eBook ISBN: 9781315720739
Adobe ISBN: 9781317519850

10.4324/9781315720739.ch27

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Abstract

The scientific part of medicine seeks explanations. Some think that nowadays evidence-based medicine embodies scientific medicine. Yet evidence-based medicine does not focus on explanation. Moreover, as Thompson puts it, “the results of randomized controlled trials cannot underwrite explanations, notwithstanding the current emphasis on them in clinical medicine” (Thompson 2011).

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