Taking the Medicine: A Short History of Medicine's Beautiful Idea, and Our Difficulty Swallowing It

Taking the Medicine: A Short History of Medicine's Beautiful Idea, and Our Difficulty Swallowing It

Druin Burch / Feb 26, 2020

Taking the Medicine A Short History of Medicine s Beautiful Idea and Our Difficulty Swallowing It Over the last years doctors have killed patients far often than they saved them and patients have colluded because they trusted them this book is about how little and how much has changed For y

  • Title: Taking the Medicine: A Short History of Medicine's Beautiful Idea, and Our Difficulty Swallowing It
  • Author: Druin Burch
  • ISBN: 9781845951504
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the last 2,000 years doctors have killed patients far often than they saved them, and patients have colluded because they trusted them this book is about how little and how much has changed For years patients have placed their trust in doctors and the drugs they prescribe yet as this thought provoking history of medicine demonstrates, this trust has often been mOver the last 2,000 years doctors have killed patients far often than they saved them, and patients have colluded because they trusted them this book is about how little and how much has changed For years patients have placed their trust in doctors and the drugs they prescribe yet as this thought provoking history of medicine demonstrates, this trust has often been misplaced Whether prescribing opium or thalidomide, aspirin or antidepressants, doctors have consistently failed to test their favorite ideas often with catastrophic results Only with the development of antibiotics after World War II did doctors begin to cure than they killed Arguing that the real heroes of medicine are the men and women who demonstrated the vital importance of controlled testing over the intuition of doctors, this book questions the new breed of wonder drugs and the control of people s medicines and their lives by global drug companies Both alarming and optimistic, this is essential reading for anyone interested in how and why to trust the pills they swallow.

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    217 Comments

    1. Really clever and most chapters were quite interesting. I learnt a lot. It wasn't riveting but it was, generally, insightful. Props to the author for research well done!


    2. I couldn't get my nose out of it, nor get it out of my thoughts since putting it down. I loved Roy Porter's history of medicine - which Birch is harsh about - and this seemed a wonderful companion. Shorter and with more of a focus, Birch's story is about how little of medicine has done any good, why it is doctors have been so professionally successful while killing most of their patients, and what's finally changed. In essence it's a story about how difficult it is to know whether a treatment wo [...]


    3. Who'd have thought a history of medicine would be such a page-turner? This is really a great book. Brilliant. It's full of fascinating stories about the development and testing (or not) of life-saving drugs. But the main theme is the long, slow process by which the practice of medicine has come to be based on sound research and reliable tests -- at least more so than in most of the past few centuries -- as well as a persistent reliance on opinion and intuition and resistance to fact, experimenta [...]


    4. A hospital doctor looks at the use of drugs in medicine. He starts with a historical overview before focusing on persistent problems which still allow insufficiently tested harmful drugs to be released. Reasons are doctors who prescribe because they think it's better than not offering any help, unpublished negative test results and not enough good large studies.


    5. If you blindly trust your doctor to take care of your health and wisely prescribe your medication then you might not want to read this book. If, on the other hand, you want to read a well-written history of medicine and the foibles and mis-steps of the medical profession then this is the book for you. An absolutely fascinating page turner.



    6. Good overview of the brief history of medicine's evidential basis. Scary when you realize how recently it was that doctors really had no clue what they were doing.



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