University of Oxford Accredited Short Course: The History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care, 15 – 19 June 2015

The History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care
15th – 19th June 2015
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, UK
Last Few Places Available
Register at by 29 May 2015.

This unique course will trace the historical development of evidence-based health care. Students will engage with researchers who have played key roles in defining the History, Philosophy and actual practice of Evidence-Based Healthcare. Many famous medical doctors, including Galen, Descartes and Locke, were also philosophers, and recent evidence suggests that studying humanities improves clinical skills. Medical professionals will learn to think critically about the assumptions of their profession while philosophers and historians will learn about the empirical foundations of the science they contemplate.

Many past students have published their assignments for the course in peer-reviewed journals.

Why study the history and philosophy of Evidence-Based Heath Care (EBHC)?

·         Become a better health care professional

·         Learn to think more critically

·         Become a better historian of medicine

·         Become a better writer 

Full details and information on how to apply can be found on the course website -

 AND a Free Talk Open to the Public:

The Multiple Evidential Roles of Clinical Case Reports

Speaker: Professor Brian Hurwitz

17 June 2015
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, UK
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Brian Hurwitz is D’Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine and the Arts in the Department of English.  He is a medical practitioner affiliated to the Division of Health and Social Care Research, King’s College London, directs the Centre for the Humanities and Health and is a member of the Steering Advisory Board of the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s.

Collectively clinical case reports constitute a huge repository of medical experience. This talk will scrutinise their shape, salient features, and the nature of the hindsight from which they are composed, filtered for coherence, and turned into second order accountsof encounters, observations and reasoning about a patient or series of patients. It asks what case reports are good for and what kinds of knowledge they embody.

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