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Dr. Golem : How to Think about Medicine.

Author: Harry Collins; Trevor Pinch
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A creature of Jewish mythology, a golem is an animated being made by man from clay and water who knows neither his own strength nor the extent of his ignorance. Like science and technology, the subjects of Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch's previous volumes, medicine is also a golem, and this Dr. Golem should not be blamed for its mistakesthey are, after all, our mistakes. The problem lies in its well-meaning  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Collins; Trevor Pinch
ISBN: 9780226113692 0226113698 128195943X 9781281959430
OCLC Number: 476228167
Description: 1 online resource (259 pages)
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments; Introduction Medicine asScience and Medicine as Succor; 1. The Hole in the Heart of Medicine: The Placebo Effect; 2. Faking It for Real: Bogus Doctors; 3. Tonsils Diagnosing and Dealing with Uncertainty; 4. Alternative Medicine: The Cases of Vitamin C and Cancer; 5. Yuppie Flu, Fibromyalgia, and Other Contested Diseases; 6. Defying Death: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation; 7. The AIDS Activists; 8. Vaccination and Parents' Rights: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Pertussis; Conclusion: The Themes Revisited; Index.

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A creature of Jewish mythology, a golem is an animated being made by man from clay and water who knows neither his own strength nor the extent of his ignorance. Like science and technology, the subjects of Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch's previous volumes, medicine is also a golem, and this Dr. Golem should not be blamed for its mistakesthey are, after all, our mistakes. The problem lies in its well-meaning clumsiness. Dr. Golem explores some of the mysteries and complexities of medicine while untangling the inherent conundrums of scientific research and highlighting its vagaries. Driven by t.

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