Medical Advances: Benefits and Risks

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Long-Range Hazards in Health Protection

Spectacular advances in medicine are contributing to the creation of stupendous problems for mankind, some more formidable than those that can be set down as solved. Each step forward in the battle against disease is apt to produce new difficulties to be overcome; certain of the most striking achievements may even bring new hazards to health. At all times man is faced with the possibility that as he gains relief from old diseases, he will be confronted by new diseases over which he has no present means of control.

By saving individual lives, the success of the attack on disease has greatly enlarged national populations and at the same time changed their composition, not always for the better. On the one ...

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