Diagnosis, Therapy, and Evidence: Conundrums in Modern American Medicine

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* “For much of human history death was associated with the infectious diseases that took their heaviest toll among infants and children. Beginning in the late nineteenth century—for reasons that are not clearly understood—infectious diseases began to decline as the major causes of mortality. The reduction in mortality among the young permitted more people to reach adulthood and thus to live longer. Under these circumstances it is not surprising that long-duration illnesses—notably, cardiovascular-renal diseases and a variety of neoplasms—became more prominent elements in morbidity and mortality patterns. These diseases were associated with advancing age; the longer individuals lived, the greater the risk of becoming ill or dying from them. In one sense the increasing prominence of long-duration (or chronic) diseases as in part a reflection of the fact that more and more people were enjoying greater longevity.

* During the latter half of the twentieth century, however, a dramatic perceptual transformation took place. Nowhere was this better expressed than in the constitution of the World Health Organization, promulgated in 1946 and ratified in 1948. “Health,” the constitution stated in its declaration of principles, “is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Such a definition implied new roles for the medical profession. The care and treatment of the sick and infirm remained part of the physician’s responsibility. But to this were added the functions of making people healthy, happy, and socially adjusted.”

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