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“Epidemic” of chronic disease?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3753
  1. Joan McClusky, medical writer1
  1. 1New York, NY 10003, USA
  1. joanmnewyork{at}

    May and colleagues note that “chronic disease is the great epidemic of our times” reflecting the “epidemiological shift from acute disease, where the emphasis was on cure.”1

    You could say that the emphasis shifted from dying from untreatable diseases to curing them and living to a greater age …

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