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|Ironically, the wonder drugs of the last century may never have worked as well as we thought. Medical historians report that the dramatic improvements in morbidity and mortality rates in the past hundred years were not exclusively, nor even mainly, due to doctors' interventions. The death rate from many of the most virulent infectious diseases had begun to drop well before wonder drugs came on the scene. With the exception of the small pox vaccine and the diphtheria antitoxin, most of medicine's disease-specific weapons were not even developed until the 1930s--well into infectious disease's decline.
But if doctors' interventions--mainly vaccinations and drugs--were not the chief eradicators of infectious disease, what was?
|At the end of the five-year project the mortality rate from tuberculosis had dropped somewhat, but the Navajo's overal health picture remained distressingly bleak. The incidence of other infectious diseases remained high, and the total death rate had changed remarkably little. Most discouraging, however, was the infant mortality rate--which was still three times the national average.|
Originally Posted by MamaInTheBoonies
Wait, so is he saying that they vaccinated the Navajo, but did not provide sanitary conditions, food, safe water, and the Navajo had no improvement in health?