Health Care in the Year 2000
In the last 25 years we have seen extraordinary and often unexpected advances in both scientific research and the quality of health care in America that have dramatically changed life expectancy and the quality of people’s existence. It is reasonable to expect that we will see comparable or perhaps even greater developments between now and the end of the century. These new breakthroughs may be spectacular, unpredicted, and in some instances hard to conceive of at the present time. Until relatively recently, the major health problems that faced Americans were the same that had afflicted mankind from the dawn of history. Infectious diseases, malnutrition, and metabolic and genetic diseases for which there was little hope of cure or treatment took the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every year as they still do in the developing world. Those most likely to die were children, and their high mortality was an accepted part of the human condition. We have, however, made more progress in medicine and in the saving of human lives in the last 25 years than in the previous 2,500, and it is reasonable to believe that we are now in a phase of accelerated discovery and understanding that will yield similar changes in the quality of human life throughout the world by the end of this century.
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