A Brief History of Bad Medicine

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From quack cures to infamous doctors, the history of medicine is littered with bad mistakes and unexpected discoveries. This insightful introduction uncovers the stories of Typhiod Mary, Sigmund Freud's misuse of cocaine, why some drugs are worse than diseases, and more.
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Overview


From quack cures to infamous doctors, the history of medicine is littered with bad mistakes and unexpected discoveries. This insightful introduction uncovers the stories of Typhiod Mary, Sigmund Freud's misuse of cocaine, why some drugs are worse than diseases, and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762444373
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 800,413
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Youngson is a journalist and author, who has written a number of books on health and medicine. He lives in Dorset, Britain.

Ian Schott is an experienced full-time doctor and has written several books. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Famous quacks & infamous cures 1

Film-O-Sonics and other miracles of technology

Quacks & the niche market

Claudius Galen and the blood-letting disaster

Hahnemann and homoeopathy

The water cure

The X-ray cure

The blue glass cure-all

The focal sepsis affair

The bed rest blunder

Chapter! Sexual healing 65

Circumcision

The crime of Onan

The Semmelweiss scandal

Chloroform orgasms

Dr Battey and the epidemic of female mutilation

Removing the clitoris

Marie Stopes and the contraception debate

The DES disaster

Sex change

Hysterical blunders

Vicarious menstruation

Chapter 3 Fighting plagues 121

The plague and the dogma

Dr John Snow and the Broad Street pump handle

Their Lordships' delays

Linus Pauling and the vitamin C blunder

Typhoid Mary

The haemophiliac HIV disaster

The AIDS causation blunders

The discovery of the AIDS virus

Chapter 4 Dangerous doctors 157

'Chevalier' Taylor's blinding career

Horace Wells and the anaesthetic fiasco

The addicted surgeon

The monkey gland affair

The fall of Ferdinand Sauerbruch

The toxin doctor

Therapeutic beneficence

Medical litigation

The problem of misdiagnosis

Chapter 5 Drugs worse than diseases 213

Dangerous blisters

Freud and the cocaine blunder

The blind baby blunder

The drugging of Adolf Hitler

Bad news about beta blockers

The thalidomide story

In sickness, in wealth

The Opren case

Chapter 6 Blunders with the brain 243

Madmen on show

Black butterflies

Lop 'em, chop 'em, shock 'em

Sigmund Freud and the talking cure

The manufacture of madness

Chapter 7 Human guinea pigs 323

Human guinea pigs in Nazi Germany

Human experimentation in postwar America

Eugenics in America

Eugenics in England

Gregor Mendel and Negative Eugenics

Eugenics and race

In the deep freeze

Index 403

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