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Author Wootton, David, 1952-

Title Bad medicine : doctors doing harm since Hippocrates / David Wootton
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2006


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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
Summary "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 until the 1940s. There was overwhelming evidence that smoking caused lung cancer in the 1950s; but it took thirty years for doctors to accept the claim that smoking was addictive. As Wootton graphically illustrates, throughout history and right up to the present, bad medical practice has often been deeply entrenched and stubbornly resistant to evidence."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Medicine -- Europe -- History.
Medicine -- United States -- History.
Vaccination -- History.
Medical innovations -- History.
Medicine -- Practice -- History.
Diseases -- Treatment -- History.
Bacteria -- Effect of drugs on -- History.
Medical errors -- History.
Physicians -- Professional ethics -- History.
LC no. 2006006509
ISBN 0192803557 hardback
9780192803559 hardback
Other Titles Doctors doing harm since Hippocrates