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Exposing the Vanities-and a Qualified Defense-of Mechanistic Reasoning in Health Care Decision Making

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Philosophers of science have insisted that evidence of underlying mechanisms is required to support claims about the effects of medical interventions. Yet evidence about mechanisms does not feature on dominant evidence-based medicine "hierarchies." After arguing that only inferences from mechanisms ("mechanistic reasoning")-not mechanisms themselves-count as evidence, I argue for a middle ground. Mechanistic reasoning is not required to establish causation when we have high-quality controlled...

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10.1086/662561

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Primary Care Health Sciences, PHC-EBM
Role:
Author
Journal:
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Volume:
78
Issue:
5
Pages:
926-940
Publication date:
2011-12-05
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EISSN:
1539-767X
ISSN:
0031-8248
URN:
uuid:5c0f5cd9-a657-4876-901c-096f72d9c6a4
Source identifiers:
254354
Local pid:
pubs:254354
Language:
English

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