- Psychiatric Annals
- April 2010 - Volume 40 · Issue 4: 237-239
“Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.”
Although less the case today than a century ago, medicine remains a science in which uncertainties and probabilities abound. Psychiatry, similar to other areas of medicine, is still very much an art in pursuit of the often unattainable certainty. Recognizing the nuances of this art form makes applying evidence-based medicine (EBM) to child and adolescent psychiatry difficult at times. Great strides have been made to produce guidelines for best practices in using psychopharmacology in our field. However, as every great instructor will tell you, no two patients are the same. Patients may respond differently to a certain medication than what is expected, and you must treat the patient, not the diagnosis.
Lindsey L. Corr, MD, is a Fellow with Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry, Omaha.
Dr. Corr has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
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