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How physicians kill,
This review is from: Taking the Medicine (Hardcover)
I stumbled on this brilliant book by accident. In an uninspiring airport bookshop, Taking the Medicine was the only thing which looked remotely like brain food. And WOW. Seldom have I read such a page-turner. Months later, I am still thinking about it. The publisher has done an amazing job of under-marketing this gem.
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