Looking back on 1997

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 17 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:237
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

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    On the whole it has been a good year. The economy is growing slowly but steadily, so far unaffected by the Asian flu. The crime rate is down, even the use of cocaine is declining, and so is the prevalence of new cases of AIDS and deaths from it, in the United States though not elsewhere. Once declining cities are reviving, skid rows are being reclaimed and gentrified, but job security is “fragile,” and poverty remains an unsolved problem.

    We hear much about the dangers of television violence and internet pornography, and even more about global warming threatening to destroy trees and beaches and causing vast epidemics. Already it has been blamed for a malaria outbreak in Venezuela, …

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