Michael Hefferon


CAN $18.95 paperback /ISBN 978-0-9940172-8-4


We often hear that “myth is more potent than reality.” Is that why myth continues to play such a significant role in medicine? Do some notions widely thought to be medical folklore actually have a scientific basis? Dr. Michael Hefferon explores the interface where some of our traditional notions about health meet evidence-based medicine.

With a love of stories and a passion for science, Michael Hefferon explains the origins and scientific basis behind 33 myths in medicine. He does not reject the myths as false, respecting each for its plausibility rooted in historical events. He writes a lively account that appeals to all.
      – Jaclyn Duffin, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), Professor, Hannah Chair of the History of
      Medicine, Queen’s University
 This entertaining yet educational read explores the history of some widely held “truths” in medicine. Drawing from both history and experience, Michael Hefferon brings us to question whether myth is all that far away from the truth. Our specialty of pediatrics is no stranger to such stories!
              – Robert Connelly, MD, MBA, FRCP(C), Head, Dept of Pediatrics, Queen’s University

I love this book! Dr. Hefferon takes aim at many of our rock-solid beliefs and old wives tales about medicine and treatment. This Irishman knows his way around a stethoscope and a story – I could not put it down.
           – Lynn Rees Lambert, former editor at Kingston This Week and author of
           Are You the One Who Writes That Column?


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