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• Ancient anatomical knowledge was based primarily on Galen's theories from the 2nd century CE. He studied anatomy through dissecting animals and treating gladiators' wounds. His theories dominated for over 1,000 years.

• Avicenna's Canon of Medicine (11th century) synthesized Galenic and other ideas. It remained influential for centuries but made few advances in anatomy.

• Andreas Vesalius transformed anatomy in the 16th century through human dissection. In De Humani Corporis Fabrica, he corrected over 200 of Galen's anatomical errors.

• Vesalius founded modern anatomy based on empirical evidence from dissection, not received wisdom. His anatomical illustrations were groundbreaking.

• Anatomy advanced rapidly from Vesalius onwards based on direct human observation. Medicine shifted from theoretical models to evidence-based principles.

• Key contrasts are between Galen's inferences and philosophy, Avicenna's synthesis of ideas, and Vesalius's empirical approach based on dissection. Vesalius was pivotal in moving anatomy to an evidence-based science.

• The shift Vesalius drove, from Galenic models to direct observation, mirrored a wider movement in Renaissance science toward empiricism and challenging ancient authorities.

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Here is a summary of key events in the history of plastic surgery:

• Early references to reconstructive surgery date back to ancient Egypt and India. The Edwin Smith papyrus (c. 1700 BCE) describes wound treatment and Sushruta (600 BCE) pioneered rhinoplasty.

• Sushruta’s sophisticated techniques were advanced for his time. Rhinoplasty and other reconstructive procedures were aimed at both restoring form and function.

• Other early accounts include Celsus (1st century CE) and Heinrich von Pfolspeundt (15th century). Sushruta’s rhinoplasty technique was revived in Europe in 1814.

• The need for reconstructive surgery arose from injuries, disease, torture, war, and accidents. It aimed to rebuild damaged features and restore psychological as well as physical well-being.

• Advancements in the 19th century, including anesthesia, antisepsis, and improved surgical techniques enabled the development of modern plastic surgery.

• Key pioneers include Sushruta, Tagliacozzi, and von Graefe. The field advanced rapidly from the 19th century onward, including World Wars spurring developments.

• Modern plastic surgery encompasses both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic surgeries. It has become a broad subspecialty.

The summary outlines the early history of plastic surgery, key pioneers and events, the role of Sushruta, and how the field developed from a need to treat wounds and injuries to become the broad modern subspecialty of today that includes both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. Let me know if you would like me to explain anything in the summary in more detail.

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and Galen dominated for over 1,000 years.

lasting contribution to Western medicine. Doctors left a substantial written record, and Roman advances from public health

• Theories of the four humours and corresponding personality types dominated Roman medicine but

to surgery formed the basis of

some practical innovations emerged, especially in surgery, opthalmology, pharmacology, and dietics.

healthcare for centuries. The empire's vast trade routes also allowed exposure to medicinal

• Surgeons developed new instruments and techniques, including for eye conditions and bladder stones. • Pharmacology advanced through access to plants and minerals from across the empire, with various drug preparations.

compiled from Lands of the Roman Empire c. 400 CE.

• After Rome fell, much knowledge was lost, but some texts survived through translation into Arabic and

• Theories of humours and Galen dominated European medicine for over 1,000 years.

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The Roman Empire at its height, with trade routes

ingredients from abroad that shaped both European and Islamic medicine. In these ways, Roman doctors built the foundations of medicine as a pragmatic scientific discipline in the Western world.

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Here is a summary of Roman medicine in the 2nd century BCE to 2nd century CE:

  • Rome builds its first public baths in the 2nd century BCE, but disease is common.
  • In 390 CE, Rome's first general hospital is built.
  • Galen, a 2nd-century CE physician, combines observation and theory. He believes one must understand anatomy and observe patients to diagnose and treat disease.
  • Galen gains experience observing gladiators' wounds and performing animal dissections. He confirms the laryngeal nerve enables vocalization by cutting it in a pig.
  • Galen examines patients during the Antonine Plague, noting symptoms and outcomes. He links the four humours to health, seasons, elements, and temperaments.
  • Galen's works spread and dominate medicine for centuries. However, his animal-based anatomy and unquestioning followers impede later progress.

So in summary, Roman medicine built on Greek traditions but made advances through general hospitals, theoretical synthesis, anatomical experiment, clinical observation, and spread of medical knowledge. However, overreliance on Galen's works would later slow progress.

Here is a summary of Edward Jenner and the discovery of vaccination:

• Edward Jenner was an English surgeon who lived in the 18th century. In 1796, he conducted an experiment that led to the first vaccine.

• Jenner observed that milkmaids who had caught cowpox, a mild disease similar to smallpox, seemed immune to smallpox. He hypothesized that cowpox pustules could be used to inoculate people against smallpox.

• On May 14, 1796, Jenner took pus from a cowpox pustule on a milkmaid’s hand and inserted it into incisions on the arm of a boy named James Phipps. Phipps developed cowpox but was then immune to smallpox.

• Jenner’s experiment showed that cowpox inoculation (vaccination) produced immunity to smallpox. This laid the foundation for vaccination using live or inactivated disease particles to produce immunity.

• Jenner’s discovery was revolutionary but faced initial controversy and criticism. However, vaccination spread globally and led to the eradication of smallpox in the late 20th century.

• Other key events: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu introduced variolation to Britain in 1721. Louis Pasteur developed several vaccines in the 19th century. Vaccines were created for diseases like rabies, diphtheria, and polio. Polio vaccine led to near-eradication.

• In summary, Edward Jenner’s observation of milkmaids’ immunity to smallpox and experiment showing that cowpox inoculation prevented smallpox led to the world’s first vaccine. Vaccination has saved countless lives by producing immunity to deadly and debilitating diseases. Jenner’s work was revolutionary and helped shape modern medicine and public health.

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Anatomy, the study of the structure and function of the human body, has been essential to medical progress. Early anatomists like Herophilus and Galen established anatomy as a medical discipline, though Galen's concepts were partly mistaken. Andreas Vesalius performed human dissections in the 16th century, overturning Galen's errors in his work On the Fabric of the Human Body. In the 1700s, the Hunter brothers helped cement anatomy as central to medicine. Their dissections and collections provided insights enabling new surgical techniques. Restrictions on human dissection led to "resurrection men" stealing corpses, but laws


kly performed dissection

brothers William and John Hunter

before the body decayed. Some

helped move anatomy from an

"resurrection men" stole corpses

abstract philosophical pursuit

to sell to anatomists, despite

to a scientific discipline informing

legal restrictions.

medical practice. Their dissections

and collections revolutionized

surgery, enabling procedures like

• Anatomy provides understanding of bodily structure and function in health and disease, enabling diagnosis and new treatments. Dissections and anatomical study have been fundamental to medical progress.


Discoveries in embryology,

led to greater availability of cadavers for dissection. Anatomy remains fundamental to medicine, enabling insights into health, disease, and new diagnostics and treatments.

physiology, and evolution further

• Key figures: Herophilus, Galen, Vesalius, William Hunter, John Hunter.

developed anatomical knowledge

• Milestones: Vesalius' On the Fabric of the Human Body (1543); Hunterian Museum (1787).

and its applications. Anatomy

remains essential for progress in

diagnosis, surgery, and medicine. ■

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  • Historically, medical treatments were evaluated based on individual physicians’ observations and case reports.
  • Without control groups and randomization, the role of chance or coincidence could not be ruled out.
  • Controlled clinical trials aim to address this by comparing the effects of a treatment on one group of patients with those of a control group.
  • By selecting patients at random and using blinding, controlled trials produce objective, scientifically valid data on a treatment’s effectiveness and safety.
  • Key steps include:
    • Formulating a precise question to be answered
    • Selecting suitable patients and allocating them randomly to intervention and control groups
    • Using blinding to reduce bias
    • Carefully monitoring outcomes in all groups
    • Analyzing results to determine causality and the significance of any differences between groups
  • Pioneers of controlled trials include James Lind, who tested cures for scurvy in 1747, and Edward Jenner, who evaluated the smallpox vaccine in 1798.
  • After the Thalidomide disaster of 1962, stringent drug safety testing and phased clinical trials were introduced.
  • Criteria for assessing causality from clinical trial results were proposed by Austin Bradford Hill in 1965.

  • Controlled clinical trials are the gold standard for determining the safety and efficacy of medical treatments today.

or coincidence could not be ruled out

designed to reduce bias. They require:

and spurious associations mistaken

•A precisely formulated question:

for real effects. Physicians also often

What is being tested and in which

lacked objective data on outcomes,


relying more on anecdotes and personal •Random allocation of patients to

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intervention and control groups. This

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aims to make the groups comparable.

challenging it could be to get new

•Use of blinding: Single-blind trials

medical insights accepted, even when

mean patients are unaware of their

backed by evidence. In 1798, Edward

allocation; double-blind means

Jenner published findings from a

Key steps

neither patients nor researchers know.

smallpox vaccine trial, showing its

•Careful monitoring and recording

effectiveness. His work pioneered

of predefined outcomes in all groups.

controlled evaluation of preventive

•Statistical analysis to determine

medicine and mass immunization.

•Formulating a precise question

whether any differences between

•Selecting suitable patients

groups could reasonably be due to

Regulating drug safety

•Allocating them randomly to groups

chance (statistical significance).

After the 1962 Thalidomide disaster,

•Using blinding to reduce bias

•Assessing whether likely benefits

which caused birth defects, much

•Monitoring and recording outcomes

outweigh potential harms.

tighter regulation and testing of new

•Analyzing results for significance

•Considering alternative explanations drugs were introduced. Stringent for the results.

safety and toxicity testing in animals precedes phased clinical trials in

Pioneers of controlled trials

humans, starting with small groups,

In 1747, James Lind conducted one of

then progressively larger populations.

the first controlled trials, testing six

New drugs must be shown safe and

proposed cures for scurvy on sailors.

effective for licensing. This model of

Finding citrus most effective, he showed phased testing and evidence-based how comparisons could determine

regulation has spread worldwide.

efficacy. Yet it took decades for his advice on citrus rations to be adopted,

Criteria for assessing causality

illustrating how institutionally

In 1965, Austin Bradford Hill proposed criteria for determining causality from

Trials aim to produce objective,

statistical analyses, including:

scientifically valid data on

•Strength of association: A large,

treatment effectiveness and safety.

precisely quantified effect is more likely to be causal. •Consistency: The association has

Criteria for determining

been observed at different times and

causality include:

places, by different people. •Specificity: The effect is associated with one particular exposure.

•Strength and precision of effect

•Temporality: The exposure precedes

•Consistency and reproducibility

the outcome.


•Biological gradient: Greater exposure

•Exposure precedes outcome

is associated with greater effect.


•Plausibility: The relationship makes

•Biological gradient

biological and medical sense.

•Plausibility and coherence

•Coherence: The evidence fits with

with existing knowledge

existing knowledge. •Experiment: Evidence from

•Evidence from experiments

controlled experiments like clinical trials strengthens the case for causality.

Hill’s viewpoints remain widely used today for interpreting evidence from clinical trials and epidemiological studies to determine causal links between exposures, events or interventions, and health outcomes.

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Here is a summary of safety and effectiveness of new treatments:

• New medical treatments must be thoroughly tested to ensure they are safe and effective before being approved for general use. This typically involves controlled clinical trials on human volunteers.

• In the 18th century, variolation, or inoculating people with live smallpox to induce immunity, was risky but lowered mortality. Edward Jenner developed the much safer cowpox vaccine in 1796, demonstrating that inoculation with a related but milder disease could protect against smallpox.

• Vaccination spread globally and led to smallpox eradication. It showed that controlled exposure to infectious agents could stimulate immunity. Vaccines continue to save millions of lives.

• In 1816, René Laënnec invented the stethoscope, allowing doctors to hear heart and breathing sounds without direct contact. This revolutionized diagnosis and the study of diseases like pneumonia. Stethoscopes are still essential tools, though imaging techniques also now provide visualization.

• New drugs are tested for safety and efficacy through controlled trials before approval. They must be shown to effectively treat the target condition and have an acceptable safety profile with minimal side effects. Approval typically requires multiple successful trials.

• Medical advances build on work from the past but must be thoroughly validated through evidence from clinical research before being widely adopted. New treatments that are inadequately tested can be dangerous and lead to harm, even if promising in theory. Patient safety is key.

• There is often initial controversy around new treatments, as with variolation and vaccination. They may challenge existing beliefs or highlight risks, even if the benefits outweigh them. Medical progress requires an open yet skeptical and evidence-based approach.

• Modern standards for clinical trials and drug/device approval aim to ensure new treatments are safe, effective, and beneficial for as many people as possible. Strict testing helps gain public trust in new medical therapies.

Here is a summary of public health:

  • Public health aims to improve the health of populations through policy, education, promotion of healthy behaviors, and medical interventions.

  • Early public health focused on sanitation, hygiene, and controlling spread of disease. Key events include John Snow's work on cholera (1854), Chadwick's report on sanitation (1842), and the development of germ theory (1860s-1880s).

  • The 20th century saw major public health successes, including vaccinations, improved sanitation/hygiene, and decline in mortality from infectious diseases. New challenges emerged like chronic disease, pollution, addiction, etc.

  • Effective public health considers social and environmental determinants of health, not just medical factors. It balances individual freedoms and responsibilities with policy to promote well-being. Knowledge, values, and policy on health issues evolve over time.

  • Progress in public health has been gradual, building on many discoveries and interventions over centuries. Understanding disease spread and implementing sanitation were crucial first steps. new scientific knowledge continues to inform evolving policies and priorities.

  • Blood transfusion and anaesthesia were major 19th-century medical advances that depended on scientific progress over time. Discovery of blood groups and anaesthetic properties of gases enabled these techniques to become safe and routine, saving many lives.

  • Blood transfusion progressed from early attempts between animals to human donors/recipients as blood groups, anticoagulants, and blood banking were developed. Anaesthesia developed from ether "frolics" to demonstrated surgical use in 1846, then spread as ether and chloroform gained acceptance.

  • These case studies show how medical progress builds on incremental advances, serendipity, and a willingness to experiment. Dissemination of new techniques requires acceptance in the medical community and understanding/addressing public concerns. Medical discoveries ultimately depend on scientific progress and a desire to relieve suffering.

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■ John Snow was a British physician who studied cholera outbreaks in London in the 1850s. At the time, the miasma theory that diseases were caused by “bad air” prevailed. Snow doubted this and hypothesized that cholera was transmitted via contaminated water.

■ In 1854, Snow mapped cholera cases in London’s Soho district. He found many clustered around one water pump and showed that its supply was contaminated with sewage. This supported his theory that cholera spread through water,

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X-rays, enabling radiological

■ Koch's postulates established how to determine if a microbe causes a disease. Along

study of disease.

with improvements in culturing and microscopy, this allowed identification of many

1898 Ronald Ross identifies

disease-causing microbes in the late 1800s, including for cholera (1883), TB (1882), and

mosquitoes as the vector

anthrax (1876). The germ theory of disease superseded miasma theory.

■ In the 1850s, Rudolf Virchow proposed that all cells arise from other cells, helping establish cellular pathology. Scientists began to explore how cells change in disease, enabling diagnosis of conditions previously only identifiable postmortem.

for malaria, enabling study of

the disease's pathology and lifecycle.

See also: Public health 132–37 ■ Germ theory 124–25 ■ Malaria 312–13 ■ Diabetes 316–17

Rudolf Virchow reasoned that as

all cells arise from pre-existing

cells, disease must originate at

a cellular level. By observing cells

through a microscope, scientists

could understand pathological

changes and identify diseases that

were otherwise only detectable

Rudolf Virchow

Born in 1821 in Schivelbein,

During the revolutions of 1848,

Pomerania (now Poland), Rudolf

Virchow was a radical democrat

Virchow studied medicine in Berlin. and sat in the Prussian National He qualified in 1843 and focused

Assembly. His political views

on pathological anatomy, believing may have hindered his career. that by scrutinizing diseased organs In 1849, he was removed from scientists could understand the

his university post but was

origin of disease. In 1845, Virchow

reinstated in 1856 as Professor of

observed that cells only arise from Pathological Anatomy in Berlin,

other cells, contradicting theories

where he remained for 43 years.

of spontaneous generation. This

Virchow made key discoveries

supported the cell theory proposed

in pathology, publishing Cellular

seven years earlier by Schleiden

Pathology in 1858. He studied

and Schwann. Virchow reasoned

thrombosis, embolism, myxoedema,

If normal cell function is disrupted, it can lead to disease. By observing cells through microscopes, scientists began to understand how they change in disease states. Virchow proposed that cells only arise from other cells, providing evidence against spontaneous generation theories. His belief that disease originates at a cellular level was fundamental to the field of cellular pathology.

that as all cells come from pre-

leukaemia, and cirrhosis, and

existing cells, disease must originate pioneered autopsy techniques.

at a cellular level.

Virchow also campaigned for public

Virchow studied medicine at the

health reforms. Known as a pioneer

University of Berlin where he later

of “cellular pathology”, he continued

taught. A radical democrat, he was

working until his death, aged 85.

removed from his university post

Key works

for political activities in 1849 but

1858 Cellular Pathology

reinstated seven years later.

during autopsy. Cellular pathology

enabled scientists to classify and

diagnose diseases, paving the way

for modern medical understanding.

Theodor Schwann

Born in 1810 in Neuss, Germany,

postulated. In 1837, Schwann

of disease. Along with Matthias

from other cells, and in 1838 helped

and close friend of Rudolf Virchow,

revisions in 1846. Most scientists

Theodor Schwann was a pioneer

proposed that all animal tissues arise establish the cell theory. His work, proposed that living organisms

were composed of cells, an idea Samuel Thomas von Sömmering he first espoused around 1830. Schwann studied at Bonn

University then joined the

Anatomist and Physician Johann

University of Berlin. A devout

Catholic, some of Schwann’s

Johannes Müller. Under Müller,

he investigated the origin of cells,

first described by his professor,

research was influenced by natural

metabolism, and fermentation.

theology. With Matthias Schleiden,

Schwann studied many tissues,

Schleiden, Schwann codified and

published the cell theory in 1839, with originally rejected cell theory but it gained acceptance thanks to Schwann’s meticulous studies.

Schwann continued teaching

in Cologne and Liège, publishing

he helped establish the field of

on topics like muscle contraction,

histology and proved that cells arise

digestion, and neurophysiology. He

from cells, not spontaneously as some died in 1882, aged 71.

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and acceptance of germ theory. The theory was pivotal in transforming medicine and public health, allowing scientists to understand and control infectious diseases that had devastated populations for centuries.

• Ancient Greeks speculated that microscopic “seeds of disease” caused illness, but miasma theory dominated

for centuries, blaming diseases on bad air.

Germ theory holds that microscopic organisms such as viruses and bacteria are the cause of infectious diseases. Proposed in the late 1800s, the theory built upon observations by early scientists, including Fracastoro, Pasteur, and Koch. Germ theory revolutionized medicine and public health.

• Advances in microscopy allowed scientists to visualize and study bacteria. Key observations included John Snow’s finding that contaminated drinking water spread cholera (1854), and Louis Pasteur’s experiments proving that

microbes caused fermentation and spoilage (1860s).

• Robert Koch established that anthrax and tuberculosis were caused by specific bacteria (1876-1882). This provided

direct evidence for germ theory.

• Based on germ theory, Joseph Lister pioneered antiseptic surgery in 1867. This reduced infections and deaths.

• Vaccines, antibiotics, improved hygiene, and sanitation followed, saving millions of lives.

• Identifying the germ responsible is now key to tackling any new infectious disease outbreak. Hundreds of

diseases have been linked to specific microbes.

• Before germ theory, infectious diseases were a major cause of death, especially in children. Life expectancy has

dramatically increased since its acceptance.

• Germ theory was a pivotal scientific revolution that changed medicine from symptom-based treatments to

targeting the underlying causes of disease. This allowed diseases that had plagued humanity to be understood, treated, and prevented.

Here is a summary of the key points:

• The germ theory of disease, proposed in the 1800s, stated that microorganisms cause disease. This contradicted the prevailing miasma theory.

• Pioneers like Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch, and Joseph Lister demonstrated the role of germs in disease and the importance of hygiene and antisepsis. Their work revolutionized medicine.

• Pasteur showed that microbes caused silkworm disease and made recommendations to control it. His experiments confirmed germ theory. His pasteurization technique improved food safety.

• Koch proved that anthrax was caused by Bacillus anthracis bacteria, conclusively proving germ theory. He developed Koch's postulates to establish microbial causation of disease.

• Lister pioneered antiseptic surgery after reading Pasteur's work. Mortality rates fell dramatically as sterile surgical technique prevented wound infections.

• Germ theory led to improved hygiene, vaccination, and control of deadly epidemics. It was a pivotal moment in medicine that underlies public health measures still used today.

• Gregor Mendel, the "father of genetics," studied inheritance in pea plants. His experiments showed that traits pass from parents to offspring in specific mathematical patterns. His findings were rediscovered in 1900 and formed the basis for modern genetics.

• Understanding immunity grew gradually. Key events include Jenner's smallpox vaccine, identifying phagocytes and antibodies, exploring self vs. non-self, and clarifying immunity mechanisms. This knowledge enabled vaccines, serums, and targeted treatments.

• From 1890 to 1945, key developments included serotherapy, Salvarsan, new vaccines, penicillin, and sulfa drugs. These reduced mortality from bacterial diseases and infections, raising life expectancy. New technologies also emerged.

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  • Early cancer treatments were limited and often ineffective or disfiguring. Surgery was localized; radiation and chemotherapy were toxic with severe side effects. Outcomes depended more on disease extent than treatment.

  • William Coley pioneered immunotherapy by injecting bacteria into tumors to provoke an immune response. Though controversial, his work showed the immune system could attack cancer.

  • Psychoanalysis, developed by Sigmund Freud, proposed that unconscious mental processes and childhood experiences shape personality and behavior. Treatment involves making the unconscious conscious. Freud's ideas remain influential but controversial.

  • Endocrinology emerged as hormones were discovered to be chemical messengers regulating growth, development, metabolism, reproduction, and behavior. Early research suggested their existence, but the belief persisted that the nervous system alone controlled bodily processes.

  • Willem Einthoven invented the first practical electrocardiograph in 1903 to record the heart's electrical activity. Electrocardiography allowed physicians to diagnose heart conditions and still provides valuable information today.

  • Charles Sherrington established key principles of neuroscience, including that neurons communicate across synapses and muscles provide feedback to the brain. Understanding the nervous system enabled new treatments and insights into disorders like Parkinson's disease.

  • Staining, microscopy, and tissue preservation enabled groundbreaking discoveries in neuroscience in the 19th century. Santiago Ramón y Cajal described the brain as comprising individual neurons.

  • Early medicine lacked today's scientific rigor but spurred progress through observation, experimentation, and discovery. Treatments were often crude, but physicians aimed to relieve suffering and advance knowledge. Their work catalyzed more effective and humane treatments by revealing underlying biological processes.

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• Cancer is a disease in which cells grow uncontrollably, forming masses called tumors. Tumors can spread to other parts of the body.

• Significant contributions to cancer came from the 19th century onward. Moritz Kaposi described Kaposi’s sarcoma. Radical mastectomies were introduced. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy developed in the 1940s. Immunotherapy came in the 21st century.

• Cancer is complex, hard to diagnose and treat. Certain factors increase cancer risk.

• In 2020, there were about 50 million cancer cases and 10 million new cases yearly globally. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, especially as populations age.

• There is no cure for most cancers. Treatments aim to remove or slow tumor growth, including through surgery, drugs, and radiation. Scientists continue searching for improved treatments and prevention.

• Without new breakthroughs, the number of cancer cases will rise substantially in coming decades due to aging populations.

• Key figures include Moritz Kaposi, who described cancer characteristics; Paul Ehrlich, who studied chemotherapy; William Halsted, who developed radical mastectomy; Sidney Farber, who helped develop chemotherapy for children; Lloyd Old, James Holland and Lee Helson, who studied immunotherapy.

• Key technologies include biopsies, X-rays, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and genomics.

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Here is a summary of antibiotic resistance:

• Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria evolve to escape the effects of drugs that once killed them or inhibited their growth.

• Resistance develops through random genetic mutations in bacteria and natural selection. Bacteria that develop resistance survive and reproduce, passing on the resistant trait.

• Resistance emerged very quickly after the first antibiotics were introduced. Penicillin-resistant staph bacteria appeared in the 1940s. Resistance to tetracycline, erythromycin, and methicillin also developed rapidly.

• The overuse and misuse of antibiotics has accelerated resistance. When antibiotics are overprescribed or misused, it gives bacteria more opportunities to develop resistance.

• Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly serious global problem. Some bacteria have become resistant to multiple drugs, making them difficult to treat. New antibiotics are urgently needed.

• Combating resistance requires more judicious use of antibiotics, development of new drugs, improved surveillance of resistant strains, and public health measures like hand washing.

• Key examples of resistant bacteria include MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus), and drug-resistant strains of diseases like tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and salmonella.

• Without action, antibiotic resistance could make minor surgery and treatments like chemotherapy much riskier due to the threat of untreatable infections. It poses a major threat to global health.

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made. Blood donors are the

donors give blood voluntarily

• Blood banks collect, test, process and store donated blood until needed for

unsung heroes of medicine.

and without payment. Strict

medical use, such as transfusions or making blood products.

criteria are used to screen

• The idea of blood transfusion dates to the 17th century but early attempts often

British physician Ian Franklin, 1959

donors and ensure donated

failed. Successful transfusions became possible in the early 1900s after blood groups were identified.

blood is safe. However, many countries face a shortage of

• The first blood banks opened in the 1930s but were initially limited. World War II

donated blood, especially rare

drove major advances in blood storage and blood banking spread after the war.

blood types and ethnic minorities.

• Donated blood is separated into components - red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate - which can be transfused individually as needed. Blood is

The World Health Organization

refrigerated and can be stored for varying periods.

(WHO) aims for all countries to achieve 100% voluntary blood

• Blood banks screen donated blood for viruses and match blood groups to reduce

donation. But in most low-income

transfusion risks but there is still a small risk of viral transmission.

countries, fewer than 40% of

• Blood donation is voluntary and unpaid. Many countries lack donated blood,

transfusions are from voluntary

especially rare types and from ethnic minorities. The WHO aims for 100%

donors. Relying on paid or

voluntary donation. Paid or replacement donors have higher viral infection rates.

replacement donors risks higher rates of viral infections that

• The development of blood banks and blood donation has saved countless lives.

Recent rises in blood-borne infections are increasing the demand for safe blood.

can be transmitted by transfusion.

The development of voluntary blood donation and effective blood banking has been life-saving. However, recent increases in some blood-borne infections are escalating demand for safe blood and blood products worldwide. More donors – and vigilance – are still urgently needed. ■ BLOOD BANKS: BRITISH PHYSICIAN IAN FRANKLIN described blood donors as “the unsung heroes of medicine”. The gifts of donated blood and effort of blood bank staff have saved countless lives. But blood remains one of the most precious resources in medicine, and demand for safe, voluntary blood donation will continue long into the future.

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Here is a summary of attachment theory:

• Attachment theory was proposed by British psychologist John Bowlby in the 1950s. It emphasizes the importance of a child's close relationship with its primary caregiver, usually its mother.

• Bowlby argued that early bonds between infants and caregivers provide a sense of security and shape relationships throughout life. Disruption of these bonds can have long-term negative consequences.

• Infants form an emotional attachment to a primary caregiver who provides comfort, nourishment, and affection. A secure attachment requires a responsive caregiver.

• Early attachment experiences shape an "inner working model" for relationships. Secure attachments facilitate trust, emotional regulation, and healthy relationships. Insecure attachments can make it harder to form intimate relationships later on.

• Disruption of early attachment bonds, through deprivation or separation, can lead to emotional and behavioral issues that persist into adulthood. Bowlby believed early attachments were as crucial as food or warmth for a child's healthy development.

• Bowlby's theory contradicted the once-common practice of separating infants from their mothers. He argued instead that continuous emotional care by a primary caregiver is essential for psychological and social development.

• Attachment theory provides a framework for understanding how early relationships shape lifelong capacity for intimacy, emotional health, and security. Strong, responsive attachments in infancy have lasting impacts on well-being and development.

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evidence to establish the causal

It is crucial for lung cancer, which often cannot be cured. Palliative

were many industry

• In 1948, Austin Bradford Hill proposed nine criteria to determine causal relationships between an exposure and disease outcome.

relationship, publishing many

care can relieve pain, nausea,

campaigns promoting tobacco

• The key criteria are: strength of association, consistency, specificity, temporality, biological gradient, plausibility, coherence, experiment, and analogy.

papers demonstrating the link.

shortness of breath and other

use, with false claims that

Their research has saved millions

symptoms to improve comfort and

smoking was safe or even

• These criteria have become fundamental tools for epidemiology and public health research to establish credible causal relationships.

of lives. After a landmark US

quality of life. Palliative treatments

healthful. The tobacco industry

• The relationship between smoking and lung cancer is a prime example of how the Bradford Hill criteria establish causation.

Surgeon General report in 1964,

also include medications, oxygen

long denied the evidence that

• When a relationship satisfies multiple criteria, especially consistency, temporality, biological gradient and experiment, causation becomes the likely explanation.

public attitudes began to shift.

therapy, counseling and other

smoking caused cancer and

• These tools have provided critical evidence for public health measures like tobacco control policies, safety standards, and more.

Laws restricting tobacco use,

interventions to relieve symptoms.

disease, which led to policy

such as bans on ads and

More work is still needed to

failures that cost many lives.

improve palliative care access.

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  • Palliative care focuses on relieving suffering and improving quality of life for terminally ill patients.

  • It was pioneered by Cicely Saunders, who founded the first modern hospice, St Christopher's in London, in 1967.

  • Saunders believed in treating patients with dignity and compassion. She saw patients experienced "total pain" - physical, psychological, social and spiritual.

  • Palliative care manages pain and symptoms while addressing emotional, social and spiritual needs. It takes an individualized, holistic approach.

  • Historically, care for the dying was poor. Doctors focused on curing not relieving suffering. Death was isolated and pain relief limited.

  • Saunders revolutionized care for the dying. Preventing and relieving suffering, and treating patients with dignity and respect, palliative care allows terminally ill patients to live fully until death.

  • Palliative care is now recognized as important but access remains limited globally.

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  • In the 1970s, advances in imaging, genetics, immunology and minimally invasive surgery transformed medicine.

  • CT, MRI and PET scans enabled visualizing the body. Keyhole surgery and lasers made surgery safer. Genetics enabled defeating diseases like smallpox and polio through immunization. However, HIV emerged and spread rapidly.

  • In the 1990s, the first human clone and the Human Genome Project mapped the first chromosome. In the 2000s, telepresence surgery and stem cells enabled new treatments. However, antibiotic resistance and new viruses like COVID-19 remain threats.

  • While new technologies have enabled transformative progress, infectious diseases continue posing global challenges. Scientific progress and global health initiatives are needed to improve human well-being.

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  • Medical scans like MRI and CT allow seeing inside the body without surgery. They use principles of 20th-century physics.

  • MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to detect atomic nuclei, especially hydrogen. Measuring radio signals when the field is off creates images of tissues and organs.

  • CT scans use X-rays and computing to create cross-sectional body images.

  • These non-invasive methods revolutionized diagnosis and treatment by detecting soft tissues and abnormalities.

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  • Monoclonal antibodies are produced artificially from plasma cells, immune cells that usually produce many antibodies.

  • To make mAbs, plasma cells producing a desired antibody are fused with fast-dividing myeloma cells. The hybrid cells (hybridomas) are cloned to produce many copies of the same antibody.

  • mAbs from different hybridomas can be harvested and used for diagnosis or treatment.

  • The key steps are: 1) Take plasma cells producing antibodies against an antigen 2) Fuse them with myeloma cells to get hybrid cells with antibody production and fast growth 3) Clone the hybrid cells to produce many copies of the same antibody 4) Harvest the mAbs for use.

  • mAbs provide an "on-demand" source of uniform, targeted antibodies for medicine.

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Disease control involves measures to reduce disease incidence and prevalence, with the disease still present. Disease elimination reduces incidence to zero in a defined area through intervention, though the disease may exist elsewhere. Disease eradication reduces worldwide incidence to zero permanently through intervention, with no further need for measures.

Smallpox was eradicated through:

  • Mass vaccination with the smallpox vaccine, developed by Edward Jenner in 1796.
  • Surveillance to detect all cases.
  • Isolating cases to contain outbreaks.
  • Ring vaccination of contacts.

The World Health Organization launched the Intensified Smallpox Eradication Programme in 1967. Led by D.A. Henderson, the last natural case was in 1977 and smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980.

Smallpox eradication saved millions of lives and billions in costs. It inspired efforts against other diseases like polio, dracunculiasis, and measles. Global cooperation and commitment are needed to defeat infectious diseases.

Major events in genetics and medicine include:

  • PCR invented in 1983, enabling detection of disease-causing mutations.
  • 1940s: DNA found to carry hereditary information.
  • 1953: DNA double helix structure discovered by Watson and Crick.
  • 1962: Watson, Crick, and Wilkins won the Nobel Prize.
  • 1970s: DNA sequencing developed by Frederick Sanger; Huntington's disease gene located.
  • Many diseases now diagnosed with PCR and sequencing; treatments being developed.
  • The Human Genome Project mapped all human genes. Knowledge of the genome enables personalized medicine.

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Human genome editing gives

Tool: Genome editing techniques such as CRISPR

scientists the ability to make

are powerful tools that can precisely alter the

changes to DNA in order to modify

genetic code of living organisms, including humans.

human traits or cure diseases.

Gene editing differs from gene therapy in that it

Genome editing has raised many

involves directly changing gene sequences, rather

ethical concerns, and the tech-

than introducing new or modified genes. CRISPR

nology still poses risks, but it also

has made genome editing faster, cheaper, and more

offers hope for new treatments.

accurate than previous methods.

CRISPR is a gene editing tool

Potential: CRISPR could revolutionize treatment

developed in 2012 that is cheaper,

of genetic diseases by directly correcting disease-

faster, and more precise than previous methods. It allows scientists to

causing mutations. It may eventually enable control of other traits and enhancements, raising ethical

quickly modify DNA sequences and modify gene function. CRISPR has enabled major advances

issues. CRISPR also allows editing of reproductive cells and embryos, raising concern about “designer

in research, but human applications raise many

babies”. However, CRISPR is still limited by our

ethical questions that society must address.

understanding of human genetics and biology.

While CRISPR allows editing of reproductive cells,

Challenges: Safety, efficacy, and ethical concerns

including embryos (raising the possibility of

must be addressed before CRISPR can be widely

“designer babies”), researchers generally oppose

used to treat human diseases. Off-target effects

human germline editing and most countries ban it.

and long-term impacts remain uncertain. Cost,

Research currently focuses on editing somatic

access, and equity issues must also be considered.

(non-reproductive) cells to treat diseases, but

Regulation and oversight are needed to ensure CRISPR

efficacy and safety must still be proven.

is applied responsibly, for the benefit of humanity.

CRISPR allows precise editing of genomes, but much work remains to ensure it is applied safely and for the benefit of humanity.

While human genome editing could help cure diseases, it also raises ethical issues that society must consider seriously. With discussion and prudent oversight, this technology may be developed and applied responsibly to advance human health. But we must proceed carefully, guided by our shared humanity. The future is unwritten.

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How CRISPR works CRISPR is a natural bacterial immune system that scientists have adapted for human genome editing. It involves:

Guide RNA

CRISPR-associated protein 9 or CAS9

DNA double helix


Target DNA sequence


Guide RNA directs CAS9 to cut target DNA sequence

DNA is repaired naturally, often with errors that disable the gene

Or scientists can insert a new gene or DNA sequence


  1. Guide RNA: A synthetic RNA molecule designed to target a specific DNA sequence.
  2. CRISPR-associated protein (CAS9): An enzyme that cuts DNA. CAS9 follows the guide RNA to cut the target DNA sequence.
  3. DNA repair: The cell then repairs the cut in one of two ways:
  4. Non-homologous end joining (NHEJ): The DNA is joined back together, often with small deletions that disable the gene.
  5. Homology-directed repair (HDR): Scientists can supply a new DNA template with a gene correction or insertion. The cell incorporates this template into the DNA.

Applications and concerns Somatic cell editing: Editing non-reproductive cells in the body to treat diseases. Promising but must prove safe and effective. Germline editing: Editing eggs, sperm, or embryos so changes pass to offspring. Poses risks and ethical concerns. Mostly banned. Enhancements: Editing to enhance traits like intelligence or muscle mass. Highly controversial with unknown consequences. Off-target effects: The CRISPR system can cut DNA at unintended sites. Extensive research is needed to minimize these effects. Mosaicism: When cell editing results in tissues with mixed populations of edited and unedited cells. This could cause problems. Long-term and heritable effects: The long-term and multigenerational impacts of genome editing remain uncertain. Equity and access: If proven safe and effective, who will have access to and be able to afford CRISPR treatments? “Designer babies”: Selectively editing embryos to determine traits in offspring is unethical and illegal in most countries. However, less controversial uses of germline editing, like avoiding disease, remain controversial and legally ambiguous in many regions. Oversight is needed: Most experts agree that CRISPR research and applications require further oversight to address these issues and ensure any use of the technology is for the benefit of humanity. An international registry for human genome editing research could provide transparency and guidance.

While human genome editing could help cure diseases, it also raises ethical issues that society must consider seriously. With discussion and prudent oversight, this technology may be developed and applied responsibly to advance human health. But we must proceed carefully, guided by our shared humanity. The future is unwritten.

Human genome editing is a powerful but complex technology with both promise and perils that require nuanced consideration. With openness, responsibility and compassion, it may be developed and applied for the good of humanity. But we must walk carefully into this new frontier, our vision unclouded. The future remains unwritten.

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Regenerative medicine aims to repair or replace tissues and organs damaged by injury, disease, or aging. It offers hope for millions suffering from injuries, degenerative conditions, and other debilitating disorders. Regenerative therapies include:

Tissue engineering: Growing new tissues and organs in the lab for transplant. Approaches include using donor cells, stem cells,

biomaterials and 3D scaffolds. New tissues under study include skin, cartilage, bone, heart muscle, liver, and kidneys.

Stem cell therapies: Stimulating stem cells in the body or applying stem cells derived in the lab to regenerate damaged tissues.

Mesenchymal stem cells are especially promising and in clinical trials for conditions like osteoarthritis, graft-versus-host disease, and myocardial infarction.

Gene therapies: Delivering normal genes to cells to overcome disease-causing genetic mutations. Approaches include using viruses

to deliver genes to targeted cells. Clinical trials are testing gene therapies for conditions like spinal muscular atrophy, hemophilia, and retinal degeneration.

Growth factors and signaling molecules: Applying natural signaling molecules, often in combination with cell therapies, to stimulate

tissue regeneration. Some growth

Here is a summary:

  • Pandemics are global disease outbreaks that spread rapidly and can cause high death rates.

  • Historically, pandemics arose from mutations that made viruses unrecognizable to our immune systems. Close human-animal contact increased the chance of such mutations.

  • The Antonine Plague (165-180 CE) and Black Death (1347-1351) were pandemics of smallpox and bubonic plague that killed millions in Europe and Asia.

  • The 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic was caused by an H1N1 flu virus and killed over 50 million people worldwide.

  • Influenza and coronaviruses are RNA viruses that often mutate in ways that evade the immune system.

  • The first flu vaccine was made in the U.S. in the 1940s. Vaccines and antimicrobial drugs have helped curb pandemics, but RNA viruses remain an ongoing threat.

  • In the 21st century, SARS, MERS, Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19 emerged. COVID-19 spread globally, despite efforts to contain it. RNA viruses continue to pose risks due to mutation and spillover from animals to humans.

  • Containing pandemics requires early detection, contact tracing, isolation, and community measures like social distancing. Vaccines and treatments take time to develop but can help curb outbreaks.

  • Pandemics highlight the need for global coordination and continued investment in public health infrastructure and research. RNA viruses remain an ongoing threat, so continued vigilance and science are critical.

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  • Casey Schiller was the first recipient of a bilateral hand transplant in 1998 after losing both hands in an accident. Though she ultimately had one hand removed, she became an inspiration as she spoke publicly about her experiences and campaigned for organ donation and transplantation.

  • Cornelia de Lange was a Dutch pediatrician who identified a rare congenital disorder that causes delayed growth, intellectual disability, and limb abnormalities. Though little known in her time, the disorder was named de Lange syndrome in her honor. She advocated for disabled children at a time when they received little support.

  • Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, graduating top of her class in 1849. She faced widespread discrimination but persevered to become a pioneer for women in medicine. She established the first hospital staffed entirely by women and also helped found the first medical college for women.

  • Dorothy Hodgkin was a British chemist who pioneered the technique of X-ray crystallography to determine the 3D structures of important biological molecules like penicillin and insulin. Her work enabled the mass production of penicillin and the first synthesis of insulin for diabetes treatment. She received three Nobel Prizes for her groundbreaking contributions to science and health.

  • Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian obstetrician who discovered that hand washing by physicians delivering babies could drastically reduce deaths from puerperal fever. Though ridiculed by colleagues, his discovery in 1847 was a major milestone in antisepsis and helped pioneer sterile medical procedure. Tragically, Semmelweis died in an asylum, possibly due to the effects of syphilis.

The key points are that throughout history, pioneering women and scientists have overcome discrimination and challenge to make groundbreaking contributions to medicine and health. Their work has saved countless lives through enabling medical advances, recognizing and understanding rare diseases, and championing new standards of medical hygiene and education. Though often unappreciated in their time, they are now recognized as inspiring heroes of science and medicine.

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Advances in medicine over the centuries have led to a better understanding of the human body and improved treatments for disease. Key milestones include the development of germ theory in the 19th century, which enabled improvements in antisepsis, vaccination and antibiotics. The invention of the microscope allowed microorganisms to be observed, leading to breakthroughs in immunology and vaccination. Improvements in surgical technique, pain management and prosthetics have enhanced recovery and quality of life. Screening programs and improved diagnosis have allowed earlier detection and treatment of conditions like cancer.

Radiology and imaging techniques provide non-invasive methods to examine the internal structures of the body. The discovery of X-rays in 1895 enabled bones to be visualized. Ultrasound, CT and MRI scans produce detailed images of organs and tissues. Nuclear medicine uses radioactive tracers to evaluate organ function and detect tumors.

Transplantation of organs and tissues offer life-saving treatments and a better understanding of the immune system. Major advances in transplant immunology, tissue typing and immunosuppressant drugs have reduced the risks of organ rejection and made transplants more viable. Studies of autoimmune diseases and allergy have provided greater insights into immune system disorders.

Palliative care focuses on relieving and preventing suffering and improving quality of life for patients with terminal illnesses. Medical specialties have advanced diagnosis and treatment across all fields of medicine. Patient advocacy and holistic approaches to health have gained more prominence. Global health initiatives aim to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities across the world.

Overall, massive improvements in scientific knowledge and standards of healthcare have increased life expectancy and transformed medicine over the centuries. Continued progress depends on investment in research and new technologies to better understand diseases, advance treatments and promote health and well-being for all.

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• Ancient and medieval medicine (prehistory to 1600): Early medicine relied on spirits, magic and astrology. Key figures include Hippocrates (humoral theory), Galen (anatomy, bloodletting), Avicenna (compiled knowledge), and Paracelsus (used chemicals in treatment).

• The scientific body (1600 to 1820): Medicine became more scientific. Key figures include William Harvey (described blood circulation), Santorio Santorio (used quantification and measurement), Thomas Sydenham (advocated observation and experience), and John Hunter (studied physiology and surgery).

• Germ theory and bacteriology (1860 to 1914): The germ theory revolutionized medicine. Key figures include Louis Pasteur (established germ theory), Joseph Lister (pioneered antisepsis), Robert Koch (identified bacteria), and Paul Ehrlich (developed chemotherapy).

• Emerging specialties (1860 to 1945): Many medical specialties emerged. Key figures include Jean-Martin Charcot (neurology), William Osler (revolutionized medical education), Sigmund Freud (founded psychiatry), Marie Curie (pioneered radiology), and Walter Reed (established tropical medicine).

• High tech medicine (1945 to 2020): Medicine advanced through technology like imaging, computing, robotics, and genetics. Pandemics remain a threat. Medicine is now evidence-based, patient-centered and focused on prevention, palliation, and personalized treatment. Life expectancy and quality of life have increased.

The summary outlines the major themes in the history of medicine from ancient times to the modern day, highlighting key figures and events in each era that shaped the progress of medicine. The eras move from early spiritual and speculative medicine to the scientific revolution and rise of medical specialization, then the technological and information advances that mark cutting-edge modern medicine.

Here's a summary of the key events in the history of medicine:

  • The discovery of cells and microbes in the 19th century, establishing the germ theory of disease. Key figures include Pasteur, Koch and Lister.

  • The development of anesthesia, antisepsis, vaccines and serums in the 19th century, improving surgery and enabling prevention of diseases like smallpox. Key figures include Jenner, Morton and Lister.

  • The discovery of X-rays and antibiotics like penicillin in the early 20th century, enabling new diagnostic tools and treatment of infections. Key figures include Roentgen and Fleming.

  • The founding of the WHO and advancement of medical technologies like dialysis machines and oral contraceptives in the post-WWII era. There was a greater focus on global health and disease prevention.

  • The discovery of DNA's structure and the emergence of genetics enabled new understanding of health and disease from the 1950s onward. Key figures include Watson, Crick, and Franklin.

  • Technologies like MRI, CT scanning, and the sequencing of the human genome from the 1970s onward allowed non-invasive imaging, precision medicine and new insights into disease.

  • The HIV/AIDS pandemic emerged globally in the 1980s, though treatment has since improved survival.

  • Gene editing techniques like CRISPR are enabling precise changes to DNA and the potential for new therapies.

  • Key promising areas today include precision medicine, personalized medicine, and biotechnology.

In summary, the major themes show a progression from spirits and astrology to evidence-based science; the rise of the germ theory of disease; the emergence of genetics; and the increasing role of technology in understanding and treating disease. There has also been a shift to a more global, prevention-focused public health perspective.

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