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Benjamin Mozes Truth of Scientific Medicine

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Deals with one of the crucial problems in modern medicine: the rapid rate of exchange of truths serving as the foundation of medical practice.

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I have been in the field of medicine and a professor of epidemiology for 25 years, involved in teaching and research with an emphasis on clinically oriented topics. I have found it to be an extremely readable and fascinating review of clinical epidemiology and its principles, but with a case history approach that is absolutely fascinating. I found the book almost to be a page-turner of profound literary skill combined with historical depth. Even in my own area of specialty, cancer epidemiology, in reading a vignette on the history of smoking and lung cancer, I learned new details about the progression of our knowledge in that realm. But each of these terrific historical vignettes, interesting in its own right, brings with it a lesson in study design or analytic or interpretative methodology that is crucial for the beginning clinical researcher as well as for the experienced researcher. Even after my 25 years of experience, I gleaned some new insights in these chapters and a more profound sense of how some biases and methodological issues can really play themselves out in real life. Most medical schools now in the US are developing or have clinical research programs geared at the masters' level for their medical students or junior faculty. This has become an increasingly popular career pathway. The current healthcare changes and financial stimulus plans of the Obama administration are likely to accelerate these interests - the current package has a commitment for $400 million for cost-effectiveness research, precisely where this book can help to prepare clinicians. Our own department at Columbia has 15-20 such students annually, and we are planning to add a course in clinical epidemiology that would have a target audience of 40 students for whom this book would be ideal. --Alfred I. Neugut, MD, PhD, Myron M. Studner Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Head, Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Associate Director for Population Sciences, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, College of Physicians

Two Medical books were published in the US, the one, written by Atul Gawande, reached the top of the Bestsellers list immediately, and the other, by Jerome Groopman "How Doctors Think" is already established in the Bestsellers list. I read both books and have even reviewed one of them. This introduction is to point out that Benjamin Mozes' book is their better, which I read with bated breath and amazement. I do not know whether to define this book as a research or text book, because this book is both in one. The author has succeeded in organizing the stages of research and the history of a various medical concepts clearly, in an innovative and never seen before clear fashion, except in sporadic articles and professional literature. The book contributes to the understanding of medical fads, through the decision making process, the politics of medical science (which, apparently, carries great weight) and its original contribution is its empirical and clear attitude to the subject. I have no doubt it will be of interest to all decision makers who practice medicine and nursing, besides its usefulness for lawyers, jurists and medical administrators. This is an essential book in clinical epidemiology. It should be used as a textbook in medical, public health and care giving schools. --Prof. Yoel Donchin, Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem

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Benjamin Mozes is a researcher and consultant physician. His current research projects focus on the philosophical, historical and political facets of the interface between science and medicine. He was an associate professor in clinical epidemiology at Columbia University, head of the research unit for the study of clinical reasoning and attending physician at Sheba Medical Center, senior lecturer in internal medicine at Tel Aviv University, and the scientific director of the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research.

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Benjamin Mozes
Published by Jerusalem : Hebrew University Magnes Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 9654934663 ISBN 13: 9789654934664
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. xviii, 495 pages ; 23 cm. The Truth of Scientific Medicine is an attempt to deal with one of the crucial problems in modern medicine: the rapid rate of exchange of truths serving as the foundation of medical practice. Unstable truths are a source of skepticism and concern among many physicians. They are also one of the main reasons for the crisis undermining the trust between patient and physician. The quest for the truth in modern medicine passes through the six core concepts of scientific truth: paradigms, methods, borders, criteria, interpretation and inference. The author deliberates each of these concepts through concrete examples at three levels: the historical, the theoretical and the political. The issues serving as the basis of the discussion are of concern to the medical world, and appear at the core of professional and sometimes the public debate: management of coronary heart disease, treatment of bronchial asthma, hormone replacement in menopausal women, early detection of breast cancer, drug therapy for diabetes, conventional vs. alternative medicine. Seller Inventory # PGMAGNES216

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