chapter  2
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Evidence-Based Medicine, Clinical Uncertainty, and Learning to Doctor

Since the early 1990s, the health care field has embarked on a standardisation movement under the banner of evidence-based medicine (EBM). According to the proponents of EBM, every decision a doctor makes on behalf of a patient should be supported with scientific evidence. The reliance on scientific evidence in medicine goes back at least two centuries to the Parisian schools of medicine (Foucault 1973) and standardisation has been used repeatedly in the past to consolidate the power of the medical profession (Starr 1982).