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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Friday, April 29, 2011

Medical Quotes v2 - 29 Apr

A great book that tries to explain why we are so vulnerable to implausible fears:

Anecdotes and suppositions, no matter how right they feel, don't lead to universal truths; experiments that can be independently confirmed by impartial observers do.  Intuition leads to the flat earth society and bloodletting; experiments lead to men on the moon and microsurgery.
--The Panic Virus, by Seth Mnookin (2011)

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