Tag Archives: Medicine

How modern medicine created zombies

It was the most brutal, barbaric and infamous medical procedure of all time: an icepick hammered through the eye socket into the brain and “wriggled around”, often leaving the patient in a vegetative state. The first lobotomy was performed by a Portuguese neurologist who drilled holes into the human skull. But it wasn’t until an… 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 »