The roots of rationalism and empiricism in the Hippocratic tradition are explored. The triumph of the rationalists in the founding of modern medicine is emphasized. The development of clinical epidemiology and the evidence-based medicine over the last 30 years is described. The tension illuminates fundamental clinical and policy questions that doctors, the health care system, and the legal system confront today.
Rationalism and Empiricism in Modern Medicine,
64 Law and Contemporary Problems
Available at: http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/lcp/vol64/iss4/12