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Our unrealistic views of death, through a doctor’s eyes

Our unrealistic views of death, through a doctor’s eyes | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Sometimes medical care can amount to torture.
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excerpt: "These unrealistic expectations often begin with an overestimation of modern medicine’s power to prolong life, a misconception fueled by the dramatic increase in the American life span over the past century. To hear that the average U.S. life expectancy was 47 years in 1900 and 78 years as of 2007, you might conclude that there weren’t a lot of old people in the old days — and that modern medicine invented old age. But average life expectancy is heavily skewed by childhood deaths, and infant mortality rates were high back then. In 1900, the U.S. infant mortality rate was approximately 100 infant deaths per 1,000 live births."

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Sizing Up the Viral Threat | Science/AAAS | News

Sizing Up the Viral Threat | Science/AAAS | News | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
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from the article: "A complete viral inventory would also carry a hefty price tag: about $6.3 billion, the authors estimate. "But you have to put that into perspective," says Daszak, pointing to the 2003 SARS outbreak. That pandemic alone is estimated to have cost between $15 billion and $50 billion in economic losses."


Interesting implications about the value of knowledge in general and about epidemiology in particular. I think the study would probably lead to discoveries in epigenetics in addition to the study of genetics. 

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