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Introduction: Bad Medicine/Better Medicine Part I: The Hippocratic Tradition 1: Hippocrates and Galen 2: Ancient Anatomy 3: The Canon 4: The Senses Conclusion to Part I: The Placebo Effect Part II: Revolution Postponed 5: Vesalius and Dissection 6: Harvey and Vivisection 7: The Invisible World Conclusion to Part II: Trust Not the Physician Part III: Modern Medicine 8: Counting 9: Birth of the Clinic 10: The Laboratory 11: John Snow and Colera 12: Puerperal Fever 13: Joseph Lister and Antiseptic Surgery 14: Alexander Fleming and Penicillin Conclusion to Part III: Progress Delayed Part Four: After Contagion 15: Doll, Bradford Hill, and Lung Cancer 16: Death Deferred Conclusion Epilogue: in response to the critics Further Reading Index

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David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York. He has published widely in early modern intellectual history, particularly on the history of political thought, and is a regular reviewer for the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.


This book is provocative and well written; it leaves you wanting to find out more. Sameer Rahim, Daily Telegraph Bad Medicine is provocative and iconoclastic; essential reading for every GP. PD Smith, The Guardian

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