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Honoring Our Evidence Base.

Alan J. Gelenberg MD

Published: June 1, 2004

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The term "evidence-based medicine" is in vogue—in psychiatry, as in all medical specialties. Actually, from the beginning of the 20th century and the Flexner Report,1 modern medicine has claimed to rest its practices on science. This solid grounding in fact has distinguished our profession from cults, charlatans, and other unscientific practitioners. Because the sick are so vulnerable, society vests physicians with special privileges.


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