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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:00 pm 
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This is a pet peeve of mine, the bias against anecdotal cases in favor of published studies. One will often find that if you knowledgeably debate a medical professional on a certain point about alternative medicine, they will eventually bring up the matter that anecdotal cases doesn't really matter--that the true holy grail of truth is the peer reviewed and published study on any one particular issue. These are people who make a living off of the "anecdotal case" and who only treat anecdotal patients, too! What irony!

Talk about irony, there is even a published studies documenting the bias found in published peer review studies! As a 2006 study concluded:


So peer review is a flawed process, full of easily identified defects with little evidence that it works. Nevertheless, it is likely to remain central to science and journals because there is no obvious alternative, and scientists and editors have a continuing belief in peer review. How odd that science should be rooted in belief.

I suppose what it all boils down to is that our modern system of medicine is a cookie-cutter, industrial profit machine where it's worker-bees have to treat blindly on a statistical average large number of patients without too much thinking involved. Patients that are more likely to fall into that average of treatment are the only ones that really matter to them. Published studies do not generally consider atypical cases and throws those out as anomalies, not much worth considering. In truth, healing can only be done on an anecdotal level, treating each patient as an individual, unique. If for no other reason, anecdotal cases should be of extreme value on this plane!

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