Quotes & Links #78

1) washingtonpost.com/wonkblog: One big myth about medicine: We know how drugs work

Knowing why a drug works has historically trailed the treatment, sometimes by decades. Some of the most recognizable drugs — acetaminophen for pain relief, penicillin for infections, and lithium for bipolar disorder, continue to be scientific mysteries today.

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Quotes & Links #50

1) vox.com: The truth about medicine – we usually overestimate the benefits and underestimate the harms

Looking at 36 studies on a range of medical interventions […] a pair of Australian researchers discovered that, overwhelmingly, patients overestimated the benefits and underestimated the harms.

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