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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: This book is intended to educate the reader in the rational uses of evidence in medicine. To that end, the book is written by a physician and by a classical philosopher who together first explore and define the principles and methods of logic and critical thinking and then apply these principles to various scopes including traditional patient care and daily practice, medical research and literature, and society and the law.
Purpose: The purpose ultimately is to benefit the patient by better educating those who impact care at multiple levels, to hone their skills to critically read, evaluate, and use medical evidence. The content of this book would do well as course curriculum in teaching logic and critical thinking in medical education.
Audience: Ideally the concepts so elegantly reviewed in this book can be incorporated early into the medical school curriculum so that one is sharpened by the concepts of logic and critical thinking to make the right decisions. The book, however, has relevance at any level of experience by bringing focus to the highly important processes of decision making.
Features: This book reviews basic concepts, principles and methods used in logic and critical thinking. It then applies the principles in various contexts encountered by physicians.
Assessment: This very detailed book guides the reader from relative unawareness of the field of logic and critical thinking in medicine to appreciation, interest, and empowerment.