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Bad medicine : doctors doing harm since Hippocrates

Author: David Wootton
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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"In this new look at the history of medicine, David Wootton argues that for more than 2300 years doctors relied on their patients' misplaced faith in their ability to cure. Over and over again major discoveries which could save lives were met with professional resistance. And this is not just a phenomenon of the distant past. The first patient effectively treated with penicillin was in the 1880s; the second not  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Wootton
ISBN: 0192803557 9780192803559
OCLC Number: 271031481
Description: xiv, 304 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Hippocrates and Galen --
Ancient anatomy --
The canon --
The senses --
Vesalius and dissection --
Harvey and vivisection --
The invisible world --
Counting --
Birth of the clinic --
The laboratory --
John Snow and cholera --
Puerperal fever --
Joseph Lister and antiseptic surgery --
Alexander Fleming and penicillin --
Doll, Bradford Hill, and lung cancer --
Death deferred.
Other Titles: Doctors doing harm since Hippocrates
Responsibility: David Wootton.
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Taking a look at the history of medicine, this book argues that for more than 2300 years doctors have relied on their patients' misplaced faith in their ability to cure. It illustrates that,  Read more...

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A sad but fascinating story of centuries of missed opportunities, unnecessary suffering and misplaced faith in outlandish remedies. Nick Rennison, Sunday Times Culture The historical catastrophe of Read more...

 
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