Decision Theory in Medicine: A Review and Critique

Decision theory’s role in medicine will lie between the extremes of naive optimism (“a Rosetta stone”) and unmitigated pessimism (“a computerized Ouija board”). Its application to public health policy, research, and administrative problem-solving is established; experience offers some guidelines for more limited use in clinical practice.

Author(s): Daniel A. Albert

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Volume 56, Issue 3 (pages 362–401)
Published in 1978