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A Brief History of Bad Medicine
     

A Brief History of Bad Medicine

by Ian Schott
 

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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 Brief History of Bad Medicine, Robert M. Youngson and

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 Brief History of Bad Medicine, Robert M. Youngson and Ian Schott have written the definitive account of medical mishap in modern and not-so- modern times. 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, the book reveals shamefully dangerous doctors, human guinea pigs, and the legendary surgeon who was himself a craven morphine addict.

Exploring the line between the comical and the tragic, the honest mistake and the intentional crime, Brief History of Bad Medicine illustrates once and for all that you can't always trust the people in white coats.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780335278
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
01/19/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
759,366
File size:
475 KB

Meet the Author

Ian Schott is an experience full time doctor. Robert Youngson is a journalist and author, who has also written a number of books on health and medicine. He lives in Dorset, Britain

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