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Breakthroughs and wars

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7085.983 (Published 29 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:983
  1. George Dunea, consulting physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

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    It is difficult to argue with the proposition that the greatest advances affecting medicine in the past two decades have been in computer technology and molecular biology. Where once we retyped manuscripts endlessly and communicated by slow mail we now fax, email, scan, select, save, and surf on the Web. In molecular medicine there is likewise no end to new techniques, promises of new treatments, and newly discovered genes for a variety of diseases.

    Success on other fronts has been more modest, especially in the war against cancer, declared by President Nixon with great fanfare 25 years …

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