Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Preventive Medicine is a Necessity, not a Luxury

Dr. Steven Woolf wrote an excellent editorial in the May 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Power of Prevention and What It Requires. Twin crises that we face in the US are a sinking economy and deteriorating health of our citizens. In order to live longer in better health and avoid sinking under the burden of health care spending we have no choice but to embrace health promotion and preventive medicine. This strategy is more effective than episodic care with drugs and surgery and much less expensive, with or without the use of integrative medicine. Of course, I would suggest we embrace the latter to maximize the benefits.
Journal of the American Medical Association

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