Imber's book recounts how the father of modern surgery, a cocaine and morphine addict, performed the first recorded surgical removal of gallstones -- on his mother. At 2 A.M., as she lay on a kitchen table.
Numerous surveys have confirmed that people seeking homeopathic treatment tend to be more educated than those who don't. What isn't known is that it's the leading alternative treatment used by Europeans.
Imagine all of the Federal buildings in Washington collapsing in less than a minute killing 30-40% of our government workforce, crippling the tax collection system leaving the government no money to pay salaries or overhead.
Charles Darwin's 201st birthday is today. It's worth celebrating not only because of his great contributions to science, but also because of the practical ways his theory of evolution has improved medicine.
By challenging this longstanding system of benign neglect, bishops and zealots may believe they will achieve ideological purity. What they are actually doing is jeopardizing Catholic hospitals and public health.