Science and the Quiet Art: The Role of Medical Research in Health Care

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Medical - 378 pages
Science and the Quiet Art describes the experiments and the experimenters, shows how the tools of science have been applied to the study of disease through history to the present, and looks to the future.

David Weatherall emphasizes the complex interplay in disease between nature, nurture, and aging and hence why, even with todays sophisticated methods, progress will be slow. Publishers Weekly describes the book as "a revealing and sobering appraisal of the successes, limitations, and promise of modern medicine."
 

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An unpedantic look at the extent to which the ``quiet art'' of healing is based on scientific research, by a professor concerned about the growing public disillusionment with modern medicine ... Read full review

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In this uneven but challenging book, genetics specialist Weatherall (medicine, Univ. of Oxford) interprets medical science and practice and explains why doctors think and behave as they do. He ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
PERCEPTIONS OF MODERN MEDICINE
15
THE ROOTS OF MEDICAL SCIENCE
23
Early Successes Breed New Problems
55
A Glimpse of HighTechnology Medical Practice
91
How Much Has Been Achieved?
125
The ORIGINS OF OUR INTRACTABLE DISEASES
153
A Closer Look at the Origins of
181
what DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
225
Hopes and Realities
305
DO PATIENTS HAVE ANY PLACE
323
Some Original Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading
349
Index
361
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About the author (1996)

Sir David Weatherall is Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford and a specialist in human genetics.

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