The Limits of Medicine: How Science Shapes Our Hope for the Cure
by Edward S. Golub
University of Chicago Press, 1997
Paper: 978-0-226-30207-2
Library of Congress Classification R133.G656 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 610

ABOUT THIS BOOK | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Edward Golub, distinguished researcher and former professor of immunology, shows that
major advances in medicine are caused by changes in the way scientists describe disease.
Bleeding, sweating, and other treatments we consider barbaric were standard treatments for
centuries because they conformed to a conception of disease shared by patients and doctors.
Scientific breakthroughs in the understanding of disease in the nineteenth century transformed
treatment and the goals of medicine. Golub argues that the ongoing revolution in molecular
genetics has opened the door to the "biology of complexity," again transforming our view of
disease. This thought-provoking, timely book reveals a crucial but overlooked role of science
in medicine, and offers a new vision for the goals of both science and medicine as we enter the
twenty-first century.

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