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Weissmann, a research professor at NYU's School of Medicine, is concerned about what he calls the coming endarkenment, which he contrasts with the Enlightenment, and warns that our lack of scientific understanding is beginning to cause serious problems for society. For instance, he sees as emblematic of the endarkenment the displacement of science by religious doctrine in the evolution/creationism controversy and the federal government's efforts to do rigorous scientific studies of faith-based alternative medical treatments. As in other books, such as Darwin's Audubon and The Woods Hole Cantata, Weissmann offers brief chapters (most previously published in a variety of venues), which allows him to touch on many topics but at the expense of depth. Although Weissmann models his work after that of his mentor, Lewis Thomas, his writing is not as poetic; his ideas, however, are every bit as important. Two chapters, one on Thomas and one on Thomas's mentor, Hans Zinsser, are particularly well done and serve as an intellectual family history for Weissmann. Like those two greats, Weissmann is a staunch defender of experimental science and of medical practitioners who take the time to listen to and learn from their patients, all of which he fears will be lost in the approaching endarkenment. B&w illus. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Gerald Weissmann, M.D., is a research professor of medicine, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, and Director of the Biotechnology Study Center at New York University School of Medicine. He is the author, most recently, of "Galileo's Gout: Science in an Age of Endarkenment." He lives in New York City and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934137006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934137000
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By William P. Palmer on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Review of Weissmann, G. (2007). Galileo's Gout: Science in an Age of Endarkenment. New York: Bellevue Literary Press.
Reviewer: Dr W. Palmer
This is an interesting and important book, but the reviews quoted on the cover of the book by the main reviewing journals appear to place this book in a class above its reality. There is an introduction, followed by twenty articles, most of which have been published elsewhere; in addition there are thorough references, some acknowledgements and an index. Weissmann rails against the general faults of commercialism and in particular Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) etc. He sees the organization of modern medicine and the lack of individual care as hampering the general progress of medicine in the USA. Dr Weissman may well be right, but somehow the hagiographies of his predecessors make the unbiased observer wonder that if all the these men acted as well as he indicates, how is the practice of medicine in such dire straits today.
When he diverts from castigating the medical system and tells stories from the history of science, say in his piece on Galileo or on Dr Julian, he tells these stories brilliantly. In other words with twenty articles to choose from, the reader will certainly find much of value, but there may be dull bits! Because the pieces are existing articles, there is some degree of repetition as similar areas are mentioned in slightly different contexts. Overall- a book which is well-worth reading.
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Very well written, and very informative. Just the one section re the discovery and development of corticosteroids was so interesting and informative, that it alone was worth far more to me than the cost of the book. Often when I personally use or prescribe a corticosteroid in any form, as I did for an older patient yesterday who has suffered badly for a year, the enormous amount of work and the costs involved in making these available come to mind, and I feel so grateful to live and practice now that we have access to corticosteroids.
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