Conceptual Foundations and Uses of Models in Pharmacokinetics
The word “model” is overused in the biomedical literature. And it is often misused in a way that blurs the distinction between the system under study and someone’s concept of the system- We can get involved in wasteful disputes and fruitless efforts with such sloppy thinking. Because these failings appear so frequently and because rational uses of models can be very helpful, I will sketch here a brief picture of what — I suggest — a model should be and what it can do for us. Along the way I will point out some pitfalls I see as taking a toll on our scientific and therapeutic enterprizes.
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