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Burch, Druin (2009) Taking the medicine: a short history of medicine’s beautiful idea, and our difficulty swallowing it. London: Random House .


Doctors and patients alike trust the medical profession and its therapeutic powers; yet this trust has often been misplaced. Whether prescribing opium or thalidomide, aspirin or antidepressants, doctors have persistently failed to test their favourite ideas - often with catastrophic results. From revolutionary America to Nazi Germany and modern big-pharmaceuticals, this is the unexpected story of just how bad medicine has been, and of its remarkably recent effort to improve.

It is the history of well-meaning doctors misled by intuition, of the startling human cost of their mistakes and of the exceptional individuals who have helped make things better. Alarming and optimistic, Taking the Medicine is essential reading for anyone interested in how and why to trust the pills they swallow.

Item Type
Book
Publication Type
International, Book
Drug Type
Prescription/Over the counter
Date
2009
Call No
BT6-2
Pages
336 p.
Publisher
Random House
Place of Publication
London
ISBN
9781407021225
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 5409 (Available)

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