William S. Wilke

Dr. William S Wilke received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. His medical internship and residency were completed at Akron City Hospital. Afterward, he finished rheumatology training and remained at the Cleveland Clinic foundation for 37 years, retiring in April, 2011. Throughout the span of his career, Dr. Wilke was Chairman of the Medical Grand Rounds Committee and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He was also head of Subspecialty Clinics from 1981-1995. Since 1990, he has been Associate Editor of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine. Outside activities included annual “Meet the Professor” meetings at the American College of Rheumatology from 1991-1993, and participation as a member of the United States Pharmacopeia General Committee from 1995-2000. Dr. Wilke is the author of 121 various publications, editor of Methotrexate Therapy in Rheumatic Disease: Marcel Dekker Inc, 1989, and authored The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia: Kaplan Publishing, 2010.

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Given the potential problems that can obscure any scientific enterprise, inconsistent results across studies are bound to occur. How are we to decide what is true? Let's turn to philosophy for a reasonable answer. The mathematician-philosopher Bertrand Russell approached a similar problem in his monograph The Problems of Philosophy (Russell B, 1912). He addressed the following question: How do we know that anything is "real"? Is the only reality subjective and simply in our minds, as Bishop Berkley challenged, or can we mostly believe the objective reality? His pragmatic answer: All possibilities may be true, but when the preponderance of evidence indicates that objective reality and knowledge are the most probable case, go with it. If the preponderance of all evidence about the clinical description of fibromyalgia and it's pathogenic mechanisms and treatment strategies indicate a highly probable interrelated hypothesis, go with it. The direction of the literature on the whole trumps the less likely tangents. At the same time, remember Bertrand Russell and his pragmatic answer, and keep an open mind.

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