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Lessons from the History of Medical Delusions.

Hooker, Worthington

Published by New York. Baker and Scribner. ., 1850
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105 pp. + 2 pp. publisher's ads 8vo. Hooker (1806Ð1867) was a professor at Yale and a champion of rationality and evidence based medicine. Accordingly he was passionately opposed to homeopathy and here, in its first edition, he presents an attack on this discipline and its practitioners. His stand had considerable political influence. In 1852, a reply to Hooker was published by Erastus Edgerton Marcy in his "Homeopathy and Allopathy." Hooker argues here against post hoc propter hoc reasoning, exuberant acceptance of the notion of vis medicatrix naturae quackery (in the form of Perkins' Tractors, Weapon Ointment, Bishop Berkeley's Tar Water, Pneumatic Medicine ). Similarly, he rails against the misapplication of statistics and the infinitesimal doses in homeopathy. All in all, Hooker presents a very modern view, with appeal to mental (placebo) effects for some explanations and the decrying of fashions in medicine. Lacks outer paper layer of spine. Browning of outermost edges of pages. Owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Else, Very Good. Cordasco AA244. Bluish tan paper covered boards. Bookseller Inventory # 10084

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Title: Lessons from the History of Medical ...

Publisher: New York. Baker and Scribner. .

Publication Date: 1850

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition.

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