Science and medicine
(Walter Olson writings by topic)
For regularly updated commentaries on this subject and a wide selection of outside links, see's resources on medicine and law page, part of my site, launched July 1999.


"Benighted Elite: Postmodernist critics of science get their comeuppance", Reason, June 1999.

"Dark Bedfellows" (left and right gang up on the Enlightenment), Reason, January 1999.

"William Bennett, Gays, and the Truth", Slate, December 18, 1997, and letter exchange with Paul Cameron, January 15, 1998.

"Disabilities Law Protects Bad Doctors", New York Times, November 28, 1997.

"The Law on Trial", Wall Street Journal, October 14, 1997 (review of Beyond all Reason, Daniel Farber and Suzanna Sherry's critique of postmodernism in the law schools).

"Debatable defenses from James Q. Wilson", review of "Moral Judgment: Does the Abuse Excuse Threaten Our Legal System?" by James Q. Wilson, Baltimore Sun, May 18, 1997.

"Breast Wishes", review of Science on Trial by Marcia Angell, National Review, November 11, 1996 (with added links).

"Lawyers with Stethoscopes: Clients Beware", Manhattan Institute Civil Justice Memo # 26, June 1996.

A Story That Doesn’t Have a Leg To Stand On,” Wall Street Journal, March 27, 1995 (how trial lawyers snowed the public in a famous hospital-accident case).

California Counts the Costs of Lawsuit Mania”, “Rule of Law” column, Wall Street Journal, June 3, 1992 (liability slowing research on AIDS vaccine).

Excerpt from The Litigation Explosion, Medical Economics, September 16, 1991 [in two parts] [part one] [part two]

[and see product liability and safety]

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