nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Medical Quotes v2 - 23 Apr

A while back I read an article on science in the 20th C.  The author said something to the effect that, "In the past scientists would say 'here are the facts,' while nowadays scientists say 'here are the facts, and here's what we should do about it.'  I thought of that when I read the following:

"It may seem strange to say it, but experts are rarely interested in getting at the truth, whatever it may be.  What they want to do is prove that certain things are true.  Which things?  Well, whatever they happen to believe is true, for whatever reasons, or whatever will benefit their careers or status or funding the most.  Hawkers of diet plans need their gimmicks to help people lose weight...--if there's evidence that their advice doesn't in fact pay off, don't expect to learn it from them."
--Wrong:  Why experts* keep failing us, by David H. Freedman (2010)

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