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Publication type: Journal Article

Lexchin J.
Of Money and Trust in Biomedical Care
Mens Sana Monographs 2007 Jan-Dec; 5:(1):7-10;year=2007;volume=5;issue=1;spage=7;epage=10;aulast=Lexchin


Over the past few years we have been repeatedly told that we now live in an evidence-based world. That should be good news since evidence comes from science. But on a deeper level doctors’ and the public’s faith in science rests on trust; trust that the right questions have been asked, trust that the clinical trials have been done correctly, trust that the results of the trials have been interpreted in the proper manner and trust that what finally appears in medical journals and clinical practice guidelines accurately reflects what is known…


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