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Thomas Bayes and Bayes’ Theorem in Medicine

Geoffrey Baird Seattle, WA, USA   The work of an eighteenth-century British clergyman can help you when someone forgets to switch off their turn signal Medical nomenclature is often ridiculous. One professor in my medical school used to say of misnomers in medicine that they were like the Holy Roman Empire, which was neither holy, […]

The Rockefeller Institute and the growth of cell biology

Adil Menon Brookline, Massachusetts   The Rockefeller Institute In 1995 Nobel-winning cell biologist George Palade stated that “a newborn baby needs, of course, a friendly, comfortable cradle, which was provided by the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and thus became the American cradle of cell biology.”[1] This essay explores the unique aspects of this cradle, […]

Philosophy of science and medicine series — IV: Alexandrian period

Philip R. Liebson Chicago, Illinois, USA                      Euclid                                        Ptolemy  The Alexandrian tradition was first manifested in the Royal Museum in Alexandria, established by the Ptolomies who ruled […]

Philosophy of science and medicine X: Aristotle to the early 20th Century

Philip R. Liebson Chicago, IL (Winter 2017) Aristotle What is natural law? There are certain values in human nature that can be understood through human reason. This implies the use of reason to evaluate binding rules of moral behavior. Inherent in the use of reason, from the Greek philosophers onward, at least in Western Civilization, […]