Dr. Golem: How to Think about Medicine

Dr. Golem: How to Think about Medicine


A creature of Jewish mythology, a golem is an lively being made by means of guy from clay and water who is aware neither his personal energy nor the level of his lack of information. Like technological know-how and know-how, the topics of Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch's prior volumes, medication is usually a golem, and this Dr. Golem shouldn't be blamed for its mistakes—they are, finally, our blunders. the matter lies in its well-meaning clumsiness.

Dr. Golem explores many of the mysteries and complexities of drugs whereas untangling the inherent conundrums of clinical learn and highlighting its vagaries. pushed by way of the query of what to do within the face of the fallibility of medication, Dr. Golem encourages a extra inquisitive perspective towards the reasons and bills provided through clinical technology. In 8 chapters dedicated to case reviews of recent medication, Collins and Pinch ponder the superiority of tonsillectomies, the placebo impact and randomized keep watch over trials, bogus medical professionals, CPR, the efficacy of diet C in scuffling with melanoma, persistent fatigue syndrome, AIDS remedies, and vaccination. additionally they study the stress among the conflicting faces of drugs: medication as technology as opposed to medication as a resource of succor; the pursuits of a person as opposed to the pursuits of a gaggle; and the advantages within the brief time period as opposed to good fortune premiums within the long-term. all through, Collins and Pinch remind readers that scientific technological know-how is an financial in addition to a social attention, encapsulated for the authors within the undying fight to stability the nice wellbeing and fitness of the many—with vaccinations, for instance—with the nice future health of a few—those who've adversarial reactions to the vaccine.

In an age while the deaths of analysis topics, the early termination of medical trials, and the examine directions for stem cells are front-page information, Dr. Golem is a well timed research of the restrictions of drugs that by no means loses sight of its strengths.

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