Medicine: The Vogue of Rest

In the days when doctors had little or nothing else to offer their patients, it was natural enough for them to prescribe bed rest. Today, says California's Dr. Sedgwick Mead, prolonged rest is in a class with bleeding and purging. It has long since been proved that there is no scientific justification for the "vogue of rest." but too many of his colleagues, says Dr. Mead, go on prescribing it, not only in cases where it does no good, but often when it does actual harm.

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