There’s no arguing the fact that evidence-based medicine (EBM) is moving us in the right direction as far as treating and preventing illness in medicine as a whole, but what does EBM, in its current interpretation, mean for medicine as an individualized art? Everything new or controversial in medicine seems to have a swinging pendulum. From vaccines to hormonal treatment to alternative therapies, the pendulums of medicine seem to be in constant flux. In recent years it seems the pendulum of EBM has begun to creep towards an extreme of blind compliance to broad directions, rather than a thoughtful consideration of the evidence in light of a patient’s individual circumstances.
Danielle Jones is an obstetrics-gynecology resident. This article originally appeared in The American Resident Project.