“Evidence-based medicine requires evidence. It’s not optional.”—these golden words in science- and evidence-based medicine were re-emphasized by Dr. Angie Rasmussen, virologist at Columnbia University and prolific science communicator, on Twitter recently.
But I urge scientists and physicians–especially those working on studies with implications for clinical practice–to PLEASE not disclose results by press release with no accompanying data. Evidence-based medicine requires evidence. It's not optional.
— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen) June 16, 2020
For proper appreciation of the magnitude of this quote, let me elaborate on the fascinating context in which Rasmussen wrote it.