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Medical Nihilism

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2018.08.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jacob Stegenga, Medical Nihilism, Oxford University Press, 2018, 227pp., $39.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780198747048. Reviewed by Jeremy Howick, University of Oxford This is a well-written, fascinating book that will enlighten anyone interested in the Philosophy of Medicine or the Philosophy of Science. Few philosophers -- or indeed academics -- write as clearly as Stegenga, in a way that is both rigorous and understandable to the non-specialist. Stegenga's book falls within a tradition that includes Illich's Medical Nemisis, [1] John Ioannidis' 'Why Most Published Research Findings Are False', [2] and the BMJ's 'Too Much Medicine' campaign. [3] His overall thesis is based on his Bayesian 'Master Argument', namely that the prior probability of a treatment being effective is very low. To support this, he offers a sustained critique... Read More

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