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To avoid falling victim to cookbook medicine, the authors propose a stepwise strategy for patients--'the 8 pillars to better diagnosis' This strategy advocates patients to become more involved in the management of their health, and when visiting doctors, in the making of their diagnoses.
David Sackett (1996), for instance, a strong supporter of EBM, asserts that properly applied EBM is not cookbook medicine.
Following guidelines, algorithms, and protocols is a form of cookbook medicine.