From hypothesis to evidence-based medicine: Connecting the dots

Book Section

In this chapter, an attempt is made to highlight the differences between evolutionaryand revolutionary hypotheses. Most hypotheses about etiology or novel therapies areevolutionary in nature and advance the field of medicine incrementally. Revolutionaryhypotheses, on the other hand, are received with skepticism, but they advance thefield enormously if corroborated. Viewing truly revolutionary hypotheses from anevolutionary perspective is misguided and dangerous. If an unusual hypothesis ispresented reasonably, is founded upon solid science, and addresses important aspects ofpathology that currently lack a clear explanation or solution; then it should be listened toand given a reasonable consideration. Medical hypotheses and evidence-based medicinerepresent a continuum, one complementing the other, and any separation between the tworemains artificial as far as the patient care and advancement of knowledge are concerned. © 2013 Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Weiner, BK; Fernandez-Moure, J; Tasciotti, E; Shoja, MM

Published Date

  • December 1, 2013

Book Title

  • Hypotheses in Clinical Medicine

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 8

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781622572762

Citation Source

  • Scopus