Edward Golub shows in this text that major advances in medicine are caused by changes in the way scientists describe disease. Bleeding, sweating and other treatments we consider barbaric were standard traetments for centuries because they conformed to a conception of disease shared by patients and doctors. Scientific breakthroughs in the understanding of disease in the 19th-century transformed treatment and the goals of medicine. Golub argues that the ongoing revolution in molecular genetics has opened the door to the "biology of complexity", again transforming the view of disease.
A Few Important Words to the Reader Introduction: Framing Health and Disease Pt. I: Reframing the External World 1: The Constant Presence of Death 2: La Longue duree 3: The Seeds of Change 4: "Pasteur" and the Authority of Science 5: Rewriting History: The Triumph of Science Pt. II: Reframing the Internal World 6: "Never to Die of a Disease in the Future" 7: Reframing the Internal World 8: Magic Bullets and the New Paradigm of Medicine 9: The Therapeutic Revolution Pt. III: Framing the Future 10: Reshaping the Goals of Medicine in the Era of Chronic Diseases Finale: Changing the Metaphor Readings and Notes Acknowledgments Index