Science and superstition

Dalrymple points out that several medical advances

have resulted from doctors conducting experiments on folk remedies about which they had heard. William Withering discovered the use of digitalis in this way, and Edward Jenner the use of cowpox inoculation – which eventually led to the elimination of smallpox.


science is required to distinguish between folk wisdom and folk superstition.

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