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Taking the Medicine: A Short History of Medicine's Beautiful Idea, and Our Difficulty Swallowing It Paperback – Bargain Price, February 16, 2010
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There is indeed much in it about medicine. But the overarching theme is bigger. It is an extraordinarily powerful case for the scientific method. For thousands of years, people calling themselves physicians and doctors have embodied the very essence of NOT-science, working instead on the basis of personal experience, half-baked theory, anecdotes, and wisdom handed down from eminent people. Most physicians still do. And, as this book shows, millions died as a consequence. And they continue to do so, even this century, in the US. If you have ever wondered what science really is about, or if you think science is just common sense, read this book. Burch paints a really startling picture of the lethal mess that can be generated by other ways of knowing.
Andrew Read PhD
Professor of Biology and Entomology, Penn State University
Burch writes well and has proven capable of holding one's attention throughout the text.I will strongly recommend this book to the medical students that I teach.
Carl E. Bartecchi, M.D.
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Strongly recommended for clear style, exposition based on interesting narratives, and good account of the origins of evidence-based medicine.Published 21 months ago by os olsen
Here is a book that changed my world view. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the reasoning behind the medical system. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by J. C.
This would be a depressing recital of human stubbornness and hubris, but for the dry sense of humor the author lends to his premise. Read morePublished on May 3, 2014 by Carol S.