Reviews SOUNDINGS

Medical thaumaturgy

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7411.401-a (Published 14 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:401
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    It is by no means easy to perform miracles on this earth, in this age of scepticism and of evidence based incredulity.

    But things are different at 35 000 feet, in an airplane, high up above the clouds. Here a qualified miracle worker may notice the red spots of Dr Henry Koplik of New York (1858-1927) and relieve the anxiety verging on hysteria of the mother of a blotchy, sniffly, febrile, loud, brattish child. He will “cure” the “stroke …

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