Evidence-based advocacy: the public roles of health care professionals

Health Australia

In 1848, Rudolf Virchow asserted that “medicine is a social science, and politics nothing but medicine on a grand scale”. Regarded by many to be the father of modern pathology, Virchow saw clear responsibilities for doctors to engage with the broader social concerns that cause illness and harm. This editorial argues that scientific evidence and the relationship between the medical profession, politics and the public are dynamic and inter-related.

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