Re: Tobacco smoke enemas

We may be laughing at the lack of scientific credibility of tobacco smoke enemas as a cure-all in the 18th century [BCMJ 2012;54:496-497], but it is more than likely that our current-day practice of medicine will also be laughed at in the future. With today’s speed of medical development, in 20 years or so our current best practices will be providing doctors’ lounges with similar entertainment. Since most of today’s medicine is based on expert opinion rather than high-quality trials, this interesting historical article on tobacco smoke should keep us all humble.
—Stephen Malthouse, MD
Denman Island

Stephen Malthouse, MD,. Re: Tobacco smoke enemas. BCMJ, Vol. 55, No. 2, March, 2013, Page(s) 73 - Letters.



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