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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
Date:2009
Call No:BT6-2
Pages:336 p.
Publisher:Random House
Place of Publication:London
ISBN:9781407021225
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Accession Number:HRB 5409 (Available)
Subjects:E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Over the counter drug (medicine / medication)
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Substance use history
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor

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