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 TESTING TREATMENTS - BETTER RESEARCH
FOR BETTER HEALTHCARE - EXCERPT
CHAPTER I - Page 1

NEW – BUT NO BETTER
OR EVEN WORSE


Virtually every week there seems to be a news story highlighting an unanticipated drug side-effect, a surgical mishap, a rampant infection, or a mismanaged pregnancy. Some critics go further: they portray today’s science-based medicine as dehumanising – as if the butchery that preceded modern surgery or the poisons that once passed for therapeutic drugs were
somehow more humane.²

Yet modern medicine has been hugely successful.³ The development of effective drugs has revolutionised the treatment of heart attacks and high blood pressure and enabled many people with schizophrenia to emerge from mental hospitals to live at home. The effectiveness of drugs for
stomach ulcers has done away with the need for major surgery, and futile treatments such as milk diets have been consigned to history. Childhood immunisation has made polio and diphtheria distant memories. It is easy to forget that leukaemia was once an almost uniformly fatal disease; and patients now regularly live with other cancers instead of dying from them. In west and equatorial Africa, the disease known as river blindness, which is caused by the larva of a type of fly, once left many people blind. It has now been virtually eradicated by drug treatment.

Modern imaging techniques have also brought significant benefits. Ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have helped to ensure that patients are accurately diagnosed and receive the right treatment. For example, MRI can reveal what type of
stroke a patient has suffered. If the stroke is caused by bleeding into the brain (haemorrhagic stroke), then aspirin, which is useful in other types of stroke, might be dangerous. Surgical and anaesthetic techniques, too, have been greatly improved.



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