nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Medical Quotes v2 - 21 Apr

 
Dr.  Groopman on choosing patient therapy.

"But today's rigid reliance on evidence-based medicine risks having the doctor choose care passively, solely by the numbers.  Statistics cannot substitute for the human being before you; statistics embody averages, not individuals."
--How Doctors Think, by Jerome Groopman, MD (2007)


Which is why the government shouldn't be setting up "comparative effectiveness" efforts in concert with "payment advisory" boards.

Example:  If a new cancer therapy "only" extends life for three months "on average," and therfore is not approved for reimbursement, this means some people will live much longer, and some will live less long.  What if you are one of the ones who would do much better than average?

Doc D
 

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