Medical Blunders: Amazing True Stories of Mad, Bad, and Dangerous Doctors

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Overview

A doctor removes the normal, healthy side of a patient's brain instead of the malignant tumor. A man whose leg is scheduled for amputation wakes up to find his healthy leg removed. These recent examples are part of a history of medical disasters and embarrassments as old as the profession itself. In Medical Blunders, Robert M. Youngson and Ian Schott have written the definitive account of medical mishap in modern and not-so- modern times.

Youngson and Schott cover the gamut of medical accidents, from famous quacks to curious forms of sexual healing, from blunders with the brain to drugs worse than the diseases they are intended to treat. In Medical Blunders, we find shamefully dangerous doctors, human guinea pigs, masturbation treated as a disease requiring treatment, and the legendary surgeon who was himself a craven morphine addict. The resulting picture is one which depicts medical mistakes that are incredible, misguided, arrogant, cruel, or stupendously wrong-headed.

Exploring the line between the comical and the tragic, the honest mistake and the intentional crime, Medical Blunders illustrates once and for all that doctors are subject to the same political, social, historical, and personal pressures as the rest of humanity.

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"Robert M. Youngson and Ian Schott, a doctor and a journalist, have written an erudite and elegant dismissal of the duff side of the medical profession."

-Times Literary Supplement,

"In a unique anthology of medical bungles, Youngson and Schott, a physician -and-journalist team, present hundreds of cases that arouse concern over the good intention of clinical practitioners and researchers."

-Lancet,

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Recounts medical mistakes and unethical medical practices, focusing on the period from WWII and onward, also covering Freud and his advocacy of cocaine use. Contains readable and sometimes horrifying chapters on famous quacks and infamous cures, sexual surgeries, plagues (including AIDS), dangerous doctors and drugs, and human guinea pigs. Important information, but lack of references makes this suitable for the grocery store check-out stand. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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In a unique anthology of medical bungles, Youngson and Schott, a physician -and-journalist team, present hundreds of cases that arouse concern over the good intention of clinical practitioners and researchers.
Times Literary Supplement
Robert M. Youngson and Ian Schott, a doctor and a journalist, have written an erudite and elegant dismissal of the duff side of the medical profession.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814796788
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Youngson is a doctor and medical writer whose books include The Guinness Encyclopedia of the Human Being.

Ian Schott is a writer, journalist, and obituarist. They both reside in England.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Famous quacks & infamous cures 1
Ch. 2 Sexual healing 65
Ch. 3 Fighting plagues 121
Ch. 4 Dangerous doctors 157
Ch. 5 Drugs worse than diseases 213
Ch. 6 Blunders with the brain 243
Ch. 7 Human guinea pigs 323
Index 401
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