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This course examines epistemological issues arising from research and clinical practice in contemporary medicine. Among the issues examined will be: the concept of “evidence” in the Evidence-Based Medicine Movement, the concept of “random” in clinical trials, the epistemological scope and validity of the randomized controlled clinical trial including the philosophy of probability assumed, realism vs. empiricism in medicine, the concepts of “cause,” “mechanism” and “statistical (probabilistic) truth.”


Course Information

  • Course Code: HPS4506H
  • Course Location: EM205
  • Course Delivery: On Campus
  • Course Credits: 0.5 cc