PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Preserving and Re-using Case Reports: On Data Standardisation in Medicine

Medical case reports have been utilized for centuries to document and share unusual presentations of illness. However the processes of recording these data have not been standardised, making it difficult to locate and re-use relevant data despite technological improvements. Consensus-based guidelines have been recently developed to increase completeness and create more comparability between historical data captured via cases. This paper analyses these guidelines with attention to the epistemological structures embedded in them, including systematic inclusions/exclusions of preserved data via published cases, the implications for increased impact of these data, and the resulting changes in what counts as ‘evidence’ in medicine.

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Rachel Ankeny    
School of Humanities
University of Adelaide


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