Medicine: Drug Dangers

Throughout history, patients have been made sick, and some have been killed, by the medicines they took. But these were incidental or (as doctors call them) "side" effects. Relatively uncommon, such cases had to be weighed against the usefulness of the drug for the majority. Now, with chemical laboratories brewing up ever more potent drugs, more and more diseases are directly caused by drugs. Unlike most old-fashioned side effects, they do not necessarily disappear obligingly when medication is stopped. In Postgraduate Medicine, the University of Kansas' Dr. Jesse D. Rising lists an alarming...