Intended for healthcare professionals

Monk' moments: Economical with the truth

It is a sad thought for doctors that most of the major improvements in health in the past 100 years have arisen through economic rather than medical advances. Changes in housing and sanitation have undoubtedly transformed millions of lives. The health problems of the developing world relate more to the lack of adequate supplies of food and water than to the availability of modern medical techniques. Yet most of us pay scant attention to the world of economics; who among you could, for example, name a single winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, or say what he (yes, they’ve all been men) had done?
Dermatology in practice 2003; 11(2): 31–31
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