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The Buddha and the search for evidence

Diego Rosselli
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (8): 404.
Published online: 15 April 2002

To the Editor: Some of the principles underlying evidence-based medicine (EBM)* might have been around far longer than we tend to believe. Here is a fragment of one of the 8777 brief suttas (discourses) collected in the Anguttara-nikaya, or "Collection of the gradual sayings", one of the oldest Buddhist texts. The Buddha preaches to the Kalamas people:

  • Diego Rosselli

  • Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Universidad Javeriana Medical School, Bogota.

Correspondence: rosselli@javeriana.edu.co

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