Do No Harm: How a Magic Bullet for Prostate Cancer Became a Medical Quandary (Hardback)
  • Do No Harm: How a Magic Bullet for Prostate Cancer Became a Medical Quandary (Hardback)

Do No Harm: How a Magic Bullet for Prostate Cancer Became a Medical Quandary (Hardback)

Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 28/01/2008
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A fascinating medical detective story about the unusual reception for a promising new drug by a skeptical medical community reluctant to abandon its age-old Hippocratic Oath of "Do No Harm." Stewart Justman explains how a pill called finasteride, proven to dramatically reduce the incidence of prostate cancer, was found to be also associated with a distinctly higher rate of aggressive cancer. As urologists and oncologists were presented with a strange mix of eurekas and cautionary notes, physicians adhered to their best principles and remained wary of massive application. For now, the drug is deemed too risky: the medical dictum of avoiding harm has inhibited its use on a grand scale, though statistically there is much in its favor. Do No Harm is engrossing reading about medical science and, finally, a reassuring tale of the triumph of tradition over novelty.

Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
ISBN: 9781566636278
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 225 x 148 x 24 mm

Recommended for academic or medical libraries interested in bioethical case studies. -- Tina Neville * Library Journal *
Thoughtful review of a cancer-preventing drug that doctors don't use-probably with good reasons....An eloquent account of the medical profession's sometimes cautious approach to advancement. * Kirkus *
Justman rewardingly performs the alchemy of mixing science, medicine, and literature. -- Donna Chavez * Booklist *
Appeal[s] to readers interested in medical ethics and the history of science. * Publishers Weekly *
An excellent choice for either leisure readers or medical students. * Midwest Book Review *

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