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Evidence Based Medicine & Health Policy: Global Health Histories Seminar 92

Thursday 15 October 2015, 12.30PM

Speaker(s): Dr. Nadav Davidovitch (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) & Dr Nicola Magrini (WHO)

Broadcast live over the internet, via webinar. To register, please use this link and follow the instructions:

Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) developed to ground clinical practice on scientific facts and reduce the idiosyncratic scope of different therapeutic approaches by basing clinical research on statistical methods, using Randomized Clinical Trials, and meta-analysis. Since its introduction in the 1990s EBM became one of the most influential concepts in the medical sphere. It engendered the development of Evidence-Based Public Health (EBPH) as an attempt to ground health policies and interventions on "sound facts." Professor Davidovitch’s talk presents a critical evaluation of EBM and EBPH, discussing their historical roots, limitations and influences on health policy making.

Part of the World Health Organization Global Health Histories Seminar series. Presented in association with the University of York's Department of History and supported by the Wellcome Trust. Please visit the World Health Organisation's website for more information on the Global Health Histories seminar series. Archives of past presentations, including audio files of many seminars, are available via the WHO’s and Centre for Global Health Histories’ websites.

Location: WHO Library, Geneva, Switzerland

Admission: Broadcast live over the internet, via webinar. To register send an email to