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January 28, 2004
What's this all about?

A mystery illness in the Sudan. So far, it's struck about 300 children.

And there's another illness that strikes adults, looks like Parkinson's disease, can sometimes be treated with the drugs used for Parkinson's, but isn't Parkinson's.

I point these things out to illustrate that the "science" of medicine is anything but exact and to remind us all that when we growl and grumble about 'malpractice' and pass around horror stories about ghastly mistakes made in hospitals and complain about the high price of insurance or the lousy quality of our coverage, that when we do all of that, we need to mentally except the researchers who really are dedicating their lives to trying to discover and cure what ails us. Theirs is not an easy task.

Posted by AnneZook at 03:20 PM


Comments

Hear hear. Actually, I thought you pointed these things out to spur on my hypochondria. :) I've had chest pains all morning since I woke up, and I'm thinking all sorts of awful things naturally...

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at January 29, 2004 07:28 AM

Actually, I tend to think twice before posting anything about health care since I'm afraid the topic will stir up my own hypochondria. Heh.

I'm sure yours is nothing. A minor muscle cramp. Feel better.

Posted by: Anne at January 29, 2004 10:54 AM