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The Evidence for Cardiothoracic Surgery

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  • ISBN: 9781903378205
  • Authors:

    Tom Treasure MD MS FRCS Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospitals, London, UK, Bruce Keogh KBE BSc MD FRCS FESC FETCS Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of East London, London, UK, Ian Hunt MRCS SpR Cardiothoracic Surgery, Guy’s & St Thomas’s Hospitals, London, UK, Domenico Pagano MD (Naples) MD (Birmingham) FRCS (Eng-C-Th) FETCS FESC Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK

  • Date Published: September 2004
  • Pages: 354
  • Style: Hardback

Book Description

Evidence-based medicine - or "EBM" which slips off the tongue more readily - seeks to offer proof that what we offer patients whenever we treat them is known to be effective. Fifty to 100 years ago, health care was delivered patchily, much less of it was effective, and was based on an image of a kindly and well intentioned doctor treating his sick patient, who was glad of whatever help could be offered. Now, medicine is effective and whether you look at it as major government expense or big business in private health care insurance, there is no sense in spending money on ineffective treatments, while at the same time we do not have enough to spend on treatments of proven worth. Individual doctors cannot read everything that is published and cannot possibly synthesise what they do read, so that they are not always aware of what is proven to be effective and what probably is not. "The Evidence for " series seeks to fill that need. In "The Evidence for Cardiothoracic Surgery" we have commissioned systematic reviews of the common operations and some innovative treatments, to present the facts to busy doctors. Where is there and where is there not evidence?