Dr. Golem [electronic resource] : how to think about medicine / Harry Collins & Trevor Pinch.
Contributor(s): Pinch, T. J. (Trevor J.).Material type: TextPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2005Description: 1 online resource (xii, 246 p.).ISBN: 9780226113692 (electronic bk.); 0226113698 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Medicine, Popular | Medicine -- Philosophy | Sociology, Medical | Consumer Participation | Delivery of Health Care | Physician-Patient Relations | MEDICAL -- Evidence-Based Medicine | HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- General | MEDICAL -- Diseases | MEDICAL -- Internal Medicine | MEDICAL -- Clinical Medicine | Kwakzalverij | Wetenschap | Beperkingen | სამედიცინო სოციოლოგია ჯანმრთელობის დაცვა ექიმისა და პაციენტის ურთიერთობაGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Dr. Golem.DDC classification: 616/.001 LOC classification: RC81 | .C695 2005ebOnline resources: EBSCOhost
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-239) and index.
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: measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), and pertussis -- Conclusion: the themes revisited.
A creature of Jewish mythology, a golem is an animated being made by man from clay and water who knows neither his own strength nor the extent of his ignorance. Like science and technology, the subjects of Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch's previous volumes, medicine is also a golem, and this Dr. Golem should not be blamed for its mistakes?they are, after all, our mistakes. The problem lies in its well-meaning clumsiness. Dr. Golem explores some of the mysteries and complexities of medicine while untangling the inherent conundrums of scientific research and highlighting its vagaries. Driven by t.