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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Monday, May 9, 2011

Medical Quotes v2 - 9 May

 What is--and is not--a disease?
 
"The history of medicine is filled with examples of new drugs and technologies functioning to change popular and professional thinking about what counts as a disease or a health care problem....Neither baldness nor erectile dysfunction in aging men nor a less-than-desirable nose shape was considered a medical problem--until medicine found a way to do something about them."
--Medicine and the Market, by Daniel Callahan and Angela A. Wasunna (Johns Hopkins Univ Press, 2006)

Is mortality a disease?  How about poor decision-making...a disease?

Doc D
 
 

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