Evidence-based medicine=fascism?


You have to check this one out: "Deconstructing the evidence-based discourse in health sciences: truth, power and fascism," Holmes D, Murray SJ, Perron A, Rail G. Int J Evid Based Healthc 2006; 4: 180-186. A snip:

    Drawing in part on the work of the late French philosophers Deleuze and Guattari, the objective of this paper is to demonstrate that the evidence-based movement in the

    health sciences is outrageously exclusionary and dangerously normative with regards to scientific knowledge. As such, we assert that the evidence-based movement in health sciences constitutes a good example of microfascism at play in the contemporary scientific arena. The philosophical work of Deleuze and Guattari1 proves to be useful in showing how health sciences are colonised (territorialised) by an all-encompassing scientific research paradigm - that of post-positivism - but also and foremost in showing the process by which a dominant ideology comes to exclude alternative forms of knowledge, therefore acting as a fascist structure.

If you're like me, you'll agree with this post by Roy Poses on Health Care Renewal. I would add to his rant, but there really isn't anything more to say. If anyone has an opposing view, please let me know.

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