Bad Medicine: Doctors Doing Harm since Hippocrates

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Overview

We all face disease and death, and rely on the medical profession to extend our lives. Yet, David Wootton argues, from the fifth century BC until the 1930s, doctors actually did more harm than good. In this controversial new account of the history of medicine, he asks just how much good it has done us over the years, and how much harm it continues to do today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199212798
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/16/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 747,693
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York. He has published widely in early modern intellectual history, particularly on the history of political thought, and is a regular reviewer for the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : bad medicine/better medicine 1
I The Hippocratic tradition 27
1 Hippocrates and Galen 29
2 Ancient anatomy 42
3 The canon 49
4 The senses 53
Conclusion to part I : the placebo effect 67
II Revolution postponed 71
5 Vesalius and dissection 73
6 Harvey and vivisection 94
7 The invisible world 110
Conclusion to part II : trust not the physician 139
III Modern medicine 151
8 Counting 153
9 Birth of the clinic 177
10 The laboratory 185
11 John Snow and cholera 195
12 Puerperal fever 211
13 Joseph Lister and antiseptic surgery 224
14 Alexander Fleming and penicillin 242
Conclusion to part III : progress delayed 250
IV After contagion 257
15 Doll, Bradford Hill, and lung cancer 259
16 Death deferred 269
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