• Medical science stands accused of providing an incomplete understanding of health because it is supposedly founded on linearity, reductionism, and positivism. • These criticisms misrepresent the scientific method. • The alternatives offered by complexity theory, postmodernism, and qualitative research risk falling into the traps that the scientific method avoids. • The hypotheticodeductive model of science provides both a coherent description of the growth of scientific knowledge and a prescription for the conduct of good science.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||British Journal of General Practice|
|Publication status||Published - May 2004|