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Rebuttal From Dr. Tobin

Martin J. Tobin, MD
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Hines, IL

Correspondence to: Martin J. Tobin, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Edward J. Hines, Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital, Fifth Ave and Roosevelt Rd (111N), Hines, IL 60141; e-mail: mtobin2@lumc.edu



Chest. 2008;133(5):1076-1077. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0271
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Drs. Karanicolas, Kunz, and Guyatt say the first principle supporting the scientific base of evidence-based medicine (EBM) is systematic summaries. But being “systematic” is far less important than avoiding errors. EBM advocates1 write that compliance with criteria for “systematic summaries” will ensure “the whole truth.” The EBM metaanalysis2 on weaning indexes, however, contains > 15 methodologic errors.3 Yet it is absolutely systematic.1

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