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Great Feuds in Medicine: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:519
  1. Bernard Knight, emeritus professor of forensic pathology
  1. University of Wales College of Medicine

    Hal Hellman

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    John Wiley and Sons, £17.95, pp 237

    ISBN 0 471 34757 4

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    Progress in science and medicine is often accompanied by controversy, especially over claims to priority in publication, but some researchers seem to have had an antipathy born of pure professional jealousy. Hal Hellman has picked 10 from a large field, covering a timespan from William Harvey in the 17th century, right up to Gallo and Montagnier's dispute over HIV at the end of the 20th.

    Perhaps few realise that Harvey's classic treatise on the circulation of the blood was banned by the censors in Britain and had …

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