2011-04-21 -- Future Visions of Medicine

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Unformatted text preview: Future Visions of Medicine History 451 April 21, 2011 Prof. November What Does the Future Hold? • Historians make bad prophets. – But history teaches us to learn from the past. • “He who controls the past controls the future, and he who controls the present controls the past” (Orwell) • To be prepared for the future you must know the present and the past Banishing the “Knowing Smile” • Hindsight is 20/20 • Should we think less of people and societies that subscribed to humoral or miasmic theories? • Is our health and healthcare superior? – Will the future necessarily be better? Epidemics Past and Present • Epidemics of the past: – Bubonic plague – Cholera – Malaria – Typhoid – Polio • Our epidemics: – AIDS – Diabetes – Cancer – Allergies – Anxiety What We Can and Can’t Do • Our society has learned to control – Bacterial and viral infections – Our tools: germ theory, sanitation, vaccines, biomedical research, healthcare systems • Diagnosis – Healthcare providers expected to rapidly produce diagnoses – patients and regulators demand it...
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course HIST 451 taught by Professor November during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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