Friday, April 24, 2009

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Scientific Method

First I shall do some experiments before I proceed farther, because my intention is to cite experience first and then with reasoning show why such experience is bound to operate in such a way. And this is the true rule by which those who speculate about the effects of nature must proceed.

Leonardo Da Vinci, 1514

I came across this quote in the book on Leonardo’s science by Fritjof Gapre. The book is titled: The Science of Leonardo, Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance. I have not finished reading the book yet. But, I cannot put my fascination with this quote aside. In this quote, Leonardo lays out his scientific method of research.  This goes along my first post. We  should meticulously observe the changes induced by our interventions: we should be broad minded in recording the resulting changes and not limit our observations by reductionist strategies. It is unfortunate that the misapplication of evidence based medicine leads just to that.   I add my voice to others calling for the broad application of  ‘systems thinking’ in medicine. Fritjof Gapre correctly points to the fact that Leonardo was himself a systems thinker. His detailed observations using this method of thinking lead to his discoveries, many of which proceeded others by centuries.

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