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Do no harm : how a magic bullet for prostate…

Do no harm : how a magic bullet for prostate cancer became a medical…

by Stewart Justman

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"Everyone hopes for the magic bullet that will cure or, even better, prevent cancer. Few are aware that a pill has already been proven to reduce the incidence of prostate cancer dramatically. The pill is called finasteride. Is it, then, a magic bullet? No, says Stewart Justman, and he explains why in this medical detective story. It is a tale about the reception for a promising new drug by a skeptical medical community that was reluctant to abandon its age-old Hippocratic Oath of "Do No Harm."" "In the same clinical trial that demonstrated the anti-cancer effects of finasteride, the drug was also associated with a distinctly higher rate of aggressive cancer. The medical community was put to a test of its Hippocratic Oath: Should it prescribe wide use for a drug that would help vast numbers of patients, even if it proved damaging to just a few? Despite the overoptimistic drumbeats of the news media, physicians adhered to their best principles and remained wary of massive application."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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