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Deciphering a medical article in a nonmedical newspaper: the ten commandments of mistrus Volume 8, issue 7, Septembre 2012

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Abstract: Deciphering a medical article in a nonmedical newspaper: the ten commandments of mistrust – The article begins by asserting that the prevalence of pathology that deals is largely undervalued... – It seems to overestimate the seriousness of the problem for public health. – It reports current research or projects, that is logic in journals but incongruous in a general media in the absence of spin-off practice. – It grossly overusing the myth of progress. – It boasts of the EBM while mentioning one or more patient testimonials... – It claims ostensibly compassion and altruism of the medical writer, flamboyant altruism always proportional to the cost of the underlying treatment... – It highlights the obligation to act (disordered activism). – It promotes a reduction in the lethality of a disease by failing to mention his mortality (distortion of purpose). – It mediates exclusively a “key” issue of reductionism for a pathology in which the plurality of causes is certain. – It uses the health administration and its recommendations as the EBM is using: it is removed when it is producing, in the hiding place when it is not. Heads I win, tails you lose!