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Karl Popper 120th anniversary; Some reflections on the decision-making process in medicine
  • Elisha Krasin
Elisha Krasin
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
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Abstract

Rereading Popper’s “The Logic of scientific discovery”, at his 120th anniversary, brings some thoughts regarding the diagnostic process and decision making in medicine from the viewpoint of the classical scientific method. In recent years physicians are increasingly becoming technical experts who base their decision-making on uniform criteria, guidelines and classifications but unfortunately have moved away from understanding the basic concepts in the philosophy of science. This raises an ethically and philosophically important issue; what does a medical diagnosis mean? Is this an absolute or a relative truth? The implications of this question are enormous in terms of prognosis and treatment. Both patients and physicians should be educated about the nature of the diagnostic process.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

16 Mar 2021Submitted to Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
17 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
17 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
30 Mar 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
15 May 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
16 May 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
18 May 20211st Revision Received
19 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
19 May 2021Assigned to Editor
21 May 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
21 May 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
13 Jun 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
17 Jun 20212nd Revision Received
23 Jun 2021Submission Checks Completed
23 Jun 2021Assigned to Editor
26 Jun 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
04 Jul 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
08 Jul 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
09 Jul 20213rd Revision Received
10 Jul 2021Submission Checks Completed
10 Jul 2021Assigned to Editor
11 Jul 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
11 Jul 2021Editorial Decision: Accept