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Overview of attention for article published in Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, January 2006
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Published in
Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, January 2006
DOI 10.1186/1747-5341-1-2
Pubmed ID

Tim Thornton


The paper outlines the role that tacit knowledge plays in what might seem to be an area of knowledge that can be made fully explicit or codified and which forms a central element of Evidence Based Medicine. Appeal to the role the role of tacit knowledge in science provides a way to unify the tripartite definition of Evidence Based Medicine given by Sackett et al: the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. Each of these three elements, crucially including research evidence, rests on an ineliminable and irreducible notion of uncodified good judgement. The paper focuses on research evidence, drawing first on the work of Kuhn to suggest that tacit knowledge contributes, as a matter of fact, to puzzle solving within what he calls normal science. A stronger argument that it must play a role in research is first motivated by looking to Collins' first hand account of replication in applied physics and then broader considerations of replication in justifying knowledge claims in scientific research. Finally, consideration of an argument from Wittgenstein shows that whatever explicit guidelines can be drawn up to guide judgement the specification of what counts as correctly following them has to remain implicit.Overall, the paper sets out arguments for the claim that even though explicit guidelines and codifications can play a practical role in informing clinical practice, they rest on a body of tacit or implicit skill that is in principle ineliminable. It forms the bedrock of good judgement and unites the integration of research, expertise and values.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 7 7%
Brazil 3 3%
United States 2 2%
Canada 2 2%
India 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Mexico 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 84 81%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 18 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 15%
Student > Master 15 14%
Other 9 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 8%
Other 33 32%
Unknown 5 5%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 38 37%
Social Sciences 15 14%
Philosophy 10 10%
Psychology 8 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 8%
Other 17 16%
Unknown 8 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 October 2020.
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