Evidence-based Medicine vs Alternative Medicine

Thursday, July 28th, 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149

Science Café SG is a free event that recurs every last Thursday of the month. Scientists and Science professionals are invited to speak in a casual setting where everyone can learn and discuss the scientific issues of the day.

TOPIC for July

Evidence-based Medicine vs Alternative Medicine
Speaker: Dr. Ronald Ng
The foundation for the practice of modern medicine must be based on science, and it was on that basis that leaps and bounds have been made in the progress of modern medicine since the middle of the last century. The gold standard by which we measure the efficacy of any medical practice is the double blind controlled clinical trial, and from that arose what is now commonly referred to as Evidence-Based Medicine. Having said that, we must recognise human beings are not machines, and therefore there is real art in the actual practice of clinical medicine as well, and many scientifically trained doctors now seemed to have forgotten that art, forgotten how to use the placebo effect of the warmth of care and of empathy, particularly in terminal cases and in cases of chronic ill health that are ill defined. Is that the reason why often in those cases, patients turn to alternative care?


Dr. Ronald Ng, is a specialist haematologist practicing at Mt. Elizabeth Hospital. He graduated MBBS with Gold Medal in Internal Medicine from Hong Kong University, and has taught at University College Hospital Medical School, London and Hong Kong University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow. He was a member of the Singapore National Medical Research Council when that Council was first formed to fund medical research in Singapore. He was also Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of Mt. Elizabeth Hospital. His other activities include being a Fellow and Principal Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre and a member of the Education Services of the Medical Protection Society.