This introduction has attempted to put evidence-based decision making in a useful, practical framework with special attention to issues relevant to the study and practice of oncology. We hope we have made it clear that evidence-based medicine is neither theoretical nihilism nor cookbook practice, in that it incorporates clinicians' knowledge and training with systematic methods for asking answerable questions, critically evaluating research, and taking into account patient values (thus marrying the tools of evidence-based medicine with the ethical concept of patient autonomy).

A Disquistion On The Evils Of Using Tobacco

A Disquistion On The Evils Of Using Tobacco

Among the evils which a vitiated appetite has fastened upon mankind, those that arise from the use of Tobacco hold a prominent place, and call loudly for reform. We pity the poor Chinese, who stupifies body and mind with opium, and the wretched Hindoo, who is under a similar slavery to his favorite plant, the Betel but we present the humiliating spectacle of an enlightened and christian nation, wasting annually more than twenty-five millions of dollars, and destroying the health and the lives of thousands, by a practice not at all less degrading than that of the Chinese or Hindoo.

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