The Dr. Martin A. Entin Lecture in the History of Medicine

Wednesday, March 28 2018 @ 4:30 PM

Robert Aronowitz, University of Pennsylvania 

Lost in translations: clinical judgement and the intensely intervened-in body 

This talk is an overview of a new project in which I explore some of the ways that straightforward translation and other aspects of clinical judgement have been undermined in our highly medically intervened-in world, focusing on increased patient idiosyncrasy and the widened gap between experimental subjects and actual patients, the constraints imposed by present interventions on eligibility for future ones, the short half-life of efficacy knowledge imposed by continuous practice innovation, the problematic efficacy of interventions which reduce the harm of other practices, and the difficult task of distinguishing the effects of interventions from those of disease.

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