Dr. Golem How to Think about Medicine

ISBN-10: 0226113671

ISBN-13: 9780226113678

Edition: 2007

Authors: Harry Collins, Trevor Pinch

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Dr. Golemexplores some of the mysteries and complexities of medicine while untangling the inherent conundrums of scientific research and highlighting its vagaries. In eight chapters devoted to case studies of modern medicine, Collins and Pinch consider the prevalence of tonsillectomies, the placebo effect and randomized control trials, bogus doctors, CPR, the efficacy of Vitamin C in fighting cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, AIDS cures, and vaccination. Throughout, Collins and Pinch remind readers that medical science is an economic as well as a social consideration, encapsulated for the authors in the timeless struggle to balance the good health of the many with the good health of a few.Dr. Golemis a timely analysis of the limitations of medicine that never loses sight of its strengths. “Collins and Pinch carefully tease out key conflicts in the way that medical knowledge is constructed and used and endeavor to show how necessarily complicated medical decision-making must be. . . . They investigate three important issues that lie at the core of medicine’s uncertainty: individual versus collective interests; medicine as a science versus a healing art; and the nature of medical expertise. . . . The authors neither jump on the critical bandwagon nor apologize for medicine’s failings, rather they show that the inherent discrepancy between the pace of medical discovery and the need for immediate succour is one that must be addressed jointly by physician and patient.”—Noah Raizman,The Lancet
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Harry Collins is the Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science at Cardiff University, and a fellow of the British Academy.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction - Medicine as Science and Medicine as Succor
The Hole in the Heart of Medicine: The Placebo Effect
Faking It for Real: Bogus Doctors
Tonsils: Diagnosing and Dealing with Uncertainty
Alternative Medicine: The Cases of Vitamin C and Cancer
Yuppie Flu, Fibromyalgia, and Other Contested Diseases
Defying Death: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
The AIDS Activists
Vaccination and Parents' Rights: Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR), and Pertussis
Conclusion - The Themes Revisited
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