The Arrogance of Preventive Medicine

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David Sackett, who has been affectionately called the father of evidence-based medicine, died on May 13, 2015 at age 80.

While still adhering to many aspects of allopathic medicine and the reductionist paradigms of modern science, praise must be given for his willingness to challenge the main stream of medicine and its methodology when it did not base its findings on evidence, especially in the form of randomized clinical trials.

We would like to share a short paper of his to give a taste for his approach: The Arrogance of Preventive Medicine

I place the blame directly on the medical “experts” who, to gain private profit (from their industry affiliations), to satisfy a narcissistic need for public acclaim or in a misguided attempt to do good, advocate “preventive” manoeuvres that have never been validated in rigorous randomized trials.

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