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Progress in medical science and technology?

Posted Feb 10 2012 3:00am

A couple of days ago, historian of science Rebekah Higgitt (curator at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and author of a very good book about 19C Newton-biographers), myself and some other historians of science had a Twitter discussion about whether there is progress in science, and, if so, what we might mean by it.

Now, Rebekah has taken the effort to collect the tweets and has  posted them on her  teleskopos history of science blog . The discussion speaks for itself, and I don’t want to dilute it by carrying it over here (but don’t hesitate to join it in teleskopos’ comment section).

What about medicine? Are there any arguments against the claim that medical science and medical technology makes progress?

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