Cur'd yesterday of my disease I died last night of my physician.1
rarely kill someone. It is not obvious which drug is to be preferred.
Some patients, e.g. those with a history of allergy or previous reactions to drugs, are up to four times more likely to have another adverse reaction, so that the incidence does not fall evenly. It is also useful to discover the causes of adverse reactions, for such knowledge can be used to render avoidable what are at present unavoidable reactions.
Avoidable adverse effects will be reduced by more skilful prescribing and this means that doctors, amongst all the other claims on their time, must find time better to understand drugs, as well as to understand their patients and their diseases.
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