I’m a big fan of mathematical models, but in patient care, we always need to keep it real. Clinicians should absolutely demand practical, easy-to-understand validation of any diagnostic or treatment protocols based on complex models. No model is brilliant if it can only be understood by mathematical geniuses. See http://www.ox.ac.uk/research/mathematical_physical_life_sciences/index.html on the Oxford website for how math modeling can help, and what its boundaries are. You don’t have to know how the internet works to appreciate the concrete evidence of its value on your home computer. The proof is in the pudding, not the recipe. Don’t let any mathemagicians tell you otherwise.

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