Tag Archives: Medicine

Cancer Medicine Is Failing Us – Scientific American

I can’t quit dwelling on medicine’s flaws. I recently reviewed Mind Fixers by historian Anne Harrington and Medical Nihilism by philosopher Jacob Stegenga, which critique psychiatry and medicine as a whole, respectively. In this post I’ll discuss The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s history of cancer medicine.  In spite of its grim subject, Emperor became a bestseller when it was published in 2010… Read More »

Is Medicine Overrated? – Scientific American

For years I have ranted about the flaws of medicine, especially when it comes to mental illness and cancer. But my complaints are mild compared to those of Jacob Stegenga, a philosopher of science at the University of Cambridge. In Medical Nihilism, published by Oxford University Press, Stegenga presents a devastating critique of medicine. Most treatments, he argues, do… Read More »