Ethics Med Public Health. 2020 Aug 27:100587. doi: 10.1016/j.jemep.2020.100587. Online ahead of print.
It is certainly too early to take stock of Professor Raoult's intuitions, and moreover, that is not the aim of this short article. Nevertheless, experience has shown that in times of unprecedented health crises, prescriptions often turn out to be adventurous, especially when it comes to a new virus. The collective imagination around a remedy often takes the place of a guarantee or, on the contrary, a safeguard. Here, the authors question the implementation of hydroxychloroquine treatment in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. How was his prescription discussed in this context of crisis? What lesson can we learn from medical anthropology and the history of medicine, by witnessing other epidemics and atypical or unconventional substances or behaviors of practitioners?