Physician, heal thyself
- By: W F Bynum
When he was about 10 years old, my son once said, in a fit of philosophical insight, “Someone has to sit next to the naughtiest boy in the class.” He was right, of course, and his generalisation also applies to medicine. Someone has to go first, whether it is a new operation, drug, procedure, or experimental finding. For all of our experimental protocols, animal testing, and ethics committees, if it concerns human beings, someone has to be the first.
In these four engaging programmes, Michael Mosley examines the role of self experimentation in medicine during the past two centuries. He divides his programmes by themes; anaesthesia, vaccines, diet and disease, and infections. Mosley, a doctor, has a wonderfully boyish enthusiasm for medicine and is a skilful communicator. He combines a nice mix of history and contemporary themes, interviewing several groups that still practise the traditional craft of using themselves as