Two new OUPblog posts by Oxford Bibliographies authors are now available:
By Edward Mullen, Editor in Chief of Social Work:
"Health care reform in the United States has promoted policies and practices that are evidence-based. Prevention, diagnoses, and treatment decisions are to be guided by the best available empirical evidence. Decisions about what treatments are to be provided are to be informed by findings of randomized, controlled, research studies when such evidence is available. [...]"
Mullen's article "Evidence-based Social Work Practice: Issues, Controversies, and Debates" has been made freely available for a short time in conjunction with this blog post.
By Justin Skirry, author in Philosophy:
"On a blustery St. Martin’s Eve in 1619, a twenty-three year old French gentleman soldier in the service of Maximilian of Bavaria was billeted near Ulm, Germany. Having recently quit his military service under Maurice of Nassau, he was new to the Bavarian army and a stranger to the area. The weather and lack of associates motivated the youth to remain alone in his room for days at a time. It was a comfortable room, warmed against the bitter cold by a porcelain stove. One can imagine that such cozy solitude might provide occasion for the young man to reflect on his course in life. [...]"
Skirry's article on "René Descartes" has been made freely available for a short time in conjunction with this blog post.