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A monthly series of discussions of core issues in evidence-based medicine by leading practitioners in the field.

Recorded and produced by JAMA editors for JAMAevidence, an innovative online resource for using evidence to improve care.

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Clinical Prediction Rules: Interview With Dr Thomas G. McGinn
By Dr Thomas G. McGinn and Dr Edward Livingston
Malaria: Interview With Dr Steve M. Taylor
By Dr Steve M. Taylor and Dr Edward Livingston

What is an audio podcast?

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The iTunes client application that you download and run on your Mac or PC allows you to subscribe to podcasts and listen to or watch the episodes on your computer, iPod, iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

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