Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century MedicineBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7372.1119/a (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1119
- Irvine Loudon, medical historian
Eds E M Tansey, D A Christie, L A Reynolds
Wellcome Trust, 12 volumes £5 per volume
Sir Peter Medawar once remarked that much scientific literature “misrepresents the processes of thought that accompanied or gave rise to the work that is described.” This is not because of deliberate deception, but because the medical advances written in papers and texts reveal little of the vigorous arguments, disagreements, rivalries, and promising alternative ideas that came to nothing.
Would it not therefore be a good idea to bring together as many people as possible who …