Education Is Not Medicine

Pocket Quintilian

One of the most useful books that I have read over the past twenty years is Dr. Ben Goldacre’s superb Bad Science. Written in an accessible, sardonic style, it provides a much-needed explanation of the real meaning of “evidence” in medical matters, and a thorough demolition of the fraudulent claims that fester on for years in the murky world of alternative medicine.

The centrepiece of the book is a laudably clear and comprehensive description of how randomized controlled trials (RCTs) ought to be conducted. Central to this is the importance of double-blinding, a concept to which I was never introduced in my own teacher training (and which, I now realise, rendered essentially worthless the vast majority of the “studies” that we were shown).

The question arises: why are RCTs necessary in medicine, rather than the sort of experimentation which has expanded human knowledge in areas such as physics…

View original post 639 more words

Advertisements

About teachingbattleground

I teach
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s