Bradshaw, John S. Doctors on Trial. London: Wildwood House, 1978.

 

Bradshaw, John S. Doctors on Trial. London: Wildwood House, 1978.

This certainly deserves a place in this listing of frauds and errors. I was disposed not to like the
format (an attorney interrogating witnesses before a judge) but found that one can cover a lot of
territory using such a format. There is a good bibliography, super references, and the book is very
well written. It is an excellent source look for frauds in medicine with the major problem
identified as high technology medicine.

The topics covered include: masturbation, miasma, colon resection, focal sepsis, insulin coma,
lobotomy, the freezing of the stomach, removal of the adrenal glands for the control of high
blood pressure, so-called refractory obesity, coronary bypass, psychological reactions to ICU's
and CCU's, roughage, drug reactions and just plain dangerous drugs, stress, psychosomatic
medicine, physicians and why they like hospitals, high-tech medicine, obstetric care in the
hospital, the CIA's use of drugs, Willowbrook and the ethics of medicine, the medical institution,
professional groups in medicine, Big Medicine, self care, Third World medicine, and alternative
medicine. That is a pretty impressive list for a little book.

The book ends with the damnation of high-tech medicine as it combines with modernity at its
worst. Where physicians should be seeking to humanize medicine, they have become the leading
edge of the dehumanizing process. It is a powerful book.