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Of Plagues and Vampires: Believable Myths and Unbelievable Facts from Medical Practice by [Hefferon, Michael]
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We often hear that “myth is more potent than reality.” Is that why myth continues to play such a significant role in medicine? Do some notions widely thought to be medical folklore actually have a scientific basis? Dr. Michael Hefferon explores the interface where some of our traditional notions about health meet evidence-based medicine.

With a love of stories and a passion for science, Michael Hefferon explains the origins and scientific basis behind 33 myths in medicine. He does not reject the myths as false, respecting each for its plausibility rooted in historical events. He writes a lively account that appeals to all.
– Jaclyn Duffin, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), Professor, Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine, Queen’s University

This entertaining yet educational read explores the history of some widely held “truths” in medicine. Drawing from both history and experience, Michael Hefferon brings us to question whether myth is all that far away from the truth. Our specialty of Pediatrics is no stranger to such stories!
– Robert Connelly, MD, MBA, FRCP(C), Head, Department of Pediatrics, Queen’s University

I love this book! Dr. Hefferon takes aim at many of our rock-solid beliefs and old wives tales about medicine and treatment. This Irishman knows his way around a stethoscope and a story – I could not put it down.
– Lynn Rees Lambert, former editor at Kingston This Week and author of Are You the One Who Writes That Column?

About the Author

DR Michael Hefferon practices as a Pediatrician in Kingston, Ontario, where he is Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, and Oncology, at Queens University. Born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised in a bilingual Gaelic household, he secured a Scholarship to study Medicine at University College, Dublin. Choosing to specialise in Childrens Medicine, he trained in Dublin, Liverpool, and Kingston, Canada. Dr Hefferon became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1986. His training, teaching and Pediatric Practice have aroused his interest in Medical befiefs-some based more on myth than fact- which he has drawn to the attention of colleagues, through continuing medical education programmes, and his membership inmedical organisations. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, with his spouse, Catherine, while maintaining close contacts with the Briti

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1124 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994017286
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Woodpecker Lane Press (27 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B074CH1N4K
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