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Case report on trial: Do you, Doctor, swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Oded Yitschaky1, Michael Yitschaky1 and Yehuda Zadik23*

Author Affiliations

1 Departments of Orthodontics, Oral Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, P.O.Box 91120, Jerusalem, Israel

2 Oral Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, P.O.Box 91120, Jerusalem, Israel

3 Editorial Board, Journal of Medical Case Reports

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2011, 5:179  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-5-179

Published: 13 May 2011

Abstract

We are in the era of "evidence based medicine" in which our knowledge is stratified from top to bottom in a hierarchy of evidence. Many in the medical and dental communities highly value randomized clinical trials as the gold standard of care and undervalue clinical reports. The aim of this editorial is to emphasize the benefits of case reports in dental and oral medicine, and encourage those of us who write and read them.