Last summer, I was asked to take over the Evidence-based Medicine Column (previous the Alternative Medicine Column) in the trade magazine Veterinary Practice News from Dr. Narda Robinson. This was an excellent opportunity to illustrate the principles and techniques of evidence-based medicine in action, evaluating specific medical practices and discussing general issues related to EBM. Some of these columns will cover alternative therapies, but many focus on conventional medical therapies as well, since I have always advocated evaluating all therapies by the same, science-based standards. I will keep a running collection of links to these columns here as each becomes available to the public, as well as occasionally posting those with content that hasn’t appeared here before. Enjoy!
A new perspective on evidence-based medicine
July 27, 2017
Pros, cons of surgical sterilization, neutering options for females
September 14, 2017
Surgical sterilization, neutering options for male cats, dogs
November 21, 2017
Yunnan baiyao for patients with hemorrhage, neoplasia
December 11, 2017
Probiotics and today’s pets
January 10, 2018
Why do we run diagnostic tests?
February 7, 2018
Pheromones’ therapeutic use in animals
March 14, 2018
Lysine: A therapeutic zombie?
May 16, 2018
Is tramadol an effective analgesic for dogs and cats?
June 26, 2018
What is a placebo?
July 10, 2018
Uses, evidence, and safety for laser therapy.
August 16, 2018
Assessing claims of vaccine-induced ITP, IMHA
August 29, 2018
Is cancer increasing in dogs and cats?
October 2, 2018
Responses to the virtual mailbag
What is screening and is it beneficial?
Debating raw diets
January 2, 2019
Is there a gold-standard test for adverse food reactions?
February 14, 2019
Asymptomatic Bacteriuria- To Treat or Not to Treat?
March 28, 2019
The Veterinary Antivaccine Movement
May 22, 2019
Vegan and Vegetarian Diets for Dogs and Cats
June 24, 2019
A Conclusion on Cannabis?
July 30, 2019
Canned or Dry Food: What’s Better for Cats?
August 22, 2019
Debating Raw Diets
September 9, 2019
Healing with Acupuncture
October 8, 2019
The efficacy of metronidazole
November 1, 2019