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Prevention is better than cure

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:115
  1. Imre Loefler, editor
  1. Nairobi Hospital Proceedings, Kenya

    One may think that “prevention is better than cure” is a quote from the goddess Hygiene, yet the vintage is recent and the wisdom is more limited than it appears.

    What is “better?” Vaccination against whooping cough has its dangers, but these are negligible in comparison with whooping cough itself. As whooping cough does not give pleasure to anyone, it is reasonable to say that the prevention of whooping cough is “better” than …

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