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In Praise of Pharmaphobia

Phobia Photo (123RF)_s copyI appreciate the value of prescription medicines as much as anyone. When I was ten years old, the then-new wonder drug penicillin saved me from peritonitis. I know, too, that other drugs perform medical miracles today. Yet even so, I am wary of prescription medicines, taking them only when I am convinced they are necessary, and such occasions have been rare.

In short, I am a pharmaphobe, and for several good reasons.… Read More