Do we need modern medicine?
Is there any real help from modern medicine? Or only a good business?
In a word, yes. Mainly because if we don't have it then how will we be able to cure the ill?
Only if you like living.
I would have died on several occasions where modern medicine came to my rescue.
The first time my hand was cut I half in a industrial accident and I was very close to bleeding to death. They also rebuilt what was left and made a hand that both works and looks pretty normal. I have no forefinger and my thumb bone came from the remnants of bone from my wrist.
The second time was just a kidney stone.
There were a couple of other times when I had various infections including an internal one that caused me to drop 35 lbs in 1 month.
Today people forget that as late as the late 1800s it was quite common to die from things that we consider minor inconveniences today, like ear aches, tooth aches and many other minor infections. Infection itself wasn't really understood much until the 1860s during the US Civil war. Good antibiotics didn't come until WWII, penicillin was invented in 1928. (Stop and imagine the slow death and pain from dying from an earache or other infection we consider minor today.)
In 1920 millions still died of complications from the flu and diarrhea.
Then, of course there was polio, TB, whooping cough, scarlet fever, smallpox and a host of things that we are vaccinated for as children today. The list wouldn't be complete without STDs like Gonorrhea and Syphilis that killed and maimed millions or anthrax that was commonly called hoof & mouth.
For those who are anti-vaccine I suggest that you visit the 3rd world and see for yourself what these diseases do when they get ahold of a child.
Modern medicine has probably done more to improve our lives than any other single advancement in history.
but what about the pharmaceutical companies having the greatest profit?
That doesn't change the benefits of modern medicine.
I would like to see more limits on patents for drugs but the also spend a lot in developing them. Perhaps a limit on profit with longer patents or something.
Well, it's true that pharmaceuticals are now a business of big profit, but we can't live without modern medicine.
There are certain lifesaving drugs that aren't in traditional or herbal medicines. For example, vaccines, antibiotics, antivirals, insulin, injections, and many more.
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