Science and the Quiet Art: Medical Research and Patient CareBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7042.1368 (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1368
- Christian Koeck
David Weatherall Oxford University Press, £17.99, pp 378 ISBN 0 19 262650 7
Have you ever seen a picture of Leeuwenhoek's microscope? Did you know that Christopher Wren not only built St Paul's cathedral but also demonstrated the usefulness of intravenous drug application? You probably knew that John Snow proved how powerful the methods of epidemiology can be in the fight against infectious diseases. But by the time you have read Science and the Quiet Art you will also know that you can find the site of the famous Broad Street pump on Broad-wick Street in Soho, London. You will have been fascinated by the detailed description of the collaboration between Banting and Best in their quest for a cure for diabetes or the dramatic discoveries that solved the puzzle of sickle cell anaemia.
Non-medical readers will be delighted to receive well researched and easy to read information about advanced procedures, the aetiology of common as well …