Art, Evidence and Osler

Lorri Zipperer Lorri at ZPM1.COM
Fri Aug 23 16:10:06 UTC 2013

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From: Alan Morris [mailto:Alan.Morris at] 
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2013 9:48 AM
To: Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine; Jason Maude
Subject: Re: [IMPROVEDX] Can intuition be taught? YES


Yes - Osler, as usual, provides wise advice.  Can you send the complete


The art of medicine, if it is to be an ethical activity, must rest on a
foundation of credible scientific evidence.  The "Art," devoid of a
scientific basis frequently becomes opinion/speculation and unlikely to be
of benefit.  When scientific evidence is absent we may have only the Art -
and then the best we can do is rely on a clinician's judgment.  When
scientific evidence exists it should consistently be the decision-making
foundation - here is where we need tools to enable replicable decisions
based on credible scientific evidence.

Have  a nice day.




From: Jason Maude <Jason.Maude at ISABELHEALTHCARE.COM>
Reply-To: Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine
Date: Friday, August 23, 2013 8:55 AM
Subject: Re: [IMPROVEDX] Can intuition be taught? YES


I am just reading the history of William Osler by Michael Bliss and came
across this quote:


"Osler's medical art was informed and controlled by all the assistance
science could give. He did not discuss diagnosis as a matter of intuition.
Every scientific aid was welcome" P270



Jason Maude

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