Managing the Uncertainty: Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine PART 3

Is Hypnotherapy Effective and Why Charcot Was Wrong About Hysteria?

It was a remarkable symposium of neurological masterminds of the time: Jean-Martin Charcot, accompanied by Joseph Babinski, Pierre Marie, Georges Gilles de la Tourette, and other discoverers of famous neurological disorders were observing a truly bizarre spectacle.

Gentlemen,’ began the Napoléon of neuroses, ‘You may know that I initially believed hysteria to be a neurological disorder, which can be an inherited flaw of the nervous systems.

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The pump on Broad Street: Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine PART1

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It was another shivering-cold, windy day of autumn 1971.

The hospital room, mystically disguised in cigarette smoke, was full of busy consultants, chest x-rays and illegible scribbles of patients notes from yesterday’s ward rounds, pinned together in clumsy folders. Lively discussion sharply ceased when dr Archie Cochrane entered the room, carrying, to the dismay of his colleagues, another file of tables and figures. His randomised controlled trial of patients treated at Coronary Cardiac Units vs patients released home showed a slight numerical advantage for those who had been discharged.

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Verdict in the favour of the Prosecution

In the matter of The Current Addiction Model being invalid, we, the Convocation House of the Oxford Neurological Society, hereby announce that the motion is carried.

Thus, the verdict shall be entered in the favour of the Prosecution.

Presiding adjudicator: Christopher Schpackenbaum, FNS

Read the Prosecution’s argument [WON]

Read the Defence argument [DEFEATED]

My learned colleagues, fellow members of the Convocation House – I believe that the Prosecution have proved, beyond reasonable doubt, that the current addition model is indeed invalid.

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The War On Drugs Is Lost And We Should Finally Face It – PROSECUTION

MY LORD –

On 18th June 1971, Richard Nixon, the president of the United States declared the War on Drugs. Today, the US alone spends $51bilion every year on that endeavour, with over a quarter of a million dollars already spent since I started my summation. In summer 2016, we will be reaching almost 50 years of that war, and there is still no victory on the horizon.

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The Society supports AllTrials Initiative – Sign the petition today!

It’s time all clinical trial results are reported.

Patients, researchers, pharmacists, doctors and regulators everywhere will benefit from publication of clinical trial results. Wherever you are in the world please sign the petition:

Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered.

Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated.

All trials past and present should be registered, and the full methods and the results reported.

We call on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to achieve this.

Sign the petition today and support our common cause. 

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