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From the Publisher“In this colorfully panoramic overview of the rise ofAmerican medicine, historian, surgeon and writer Ira Rutkow has made animportant and fascinating contribution to our understanding of the process bywhich the United States has come to lead the world in clinical innovation andscientific advances. This is a book written for everyone —whether professionalor layperson—who seeks to understand the uniqueness of our medical history, aspresented by a skillfully gifted storyteller.”
—Sherwin B. Nuland, MD, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine,and author of How We Die and Doctors: The Biography of Medicine.
As our country debates health care today, we would bewise to look back to see how American medicine evolved over the years. Dr. IraRutkow's Seeking the Cure is a fine place to start—a fascinating and remarkablytimely survey of our nation's medical successes and failures, highlighting thelaboratory research, the clinical battles, and the professional training ofphysicians from colonial times to the present. To read Seeking the Cure is tograsp the unique qualities of American health care at a crucial—indeed,watershed—moment in our history.
"We all know our own physical frailties, our discomforts and diseases; some of us even have reason to anticipate what will cause our deaths. But who realizes that the identification and treatment of our maladies derive from generations of doctors who struggled to penetrate the mysteries of the body? Dr. Rutkow’s remarkable account reminds us how fortunate we are to live now, suggesting that those of us breathing tomorrow will have cause to be even more grateful to the restless inquiry he describes."
—Kathryn Harrison, author of WHILE THEY SLEPT