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By Diana Barbara Dutton

This publication examines 4 scientific thoughts that epitomize the pitfalls of development: DES, an artificial estrogen prescribed to hundreds of thousands of ladies to avoid miscarriages, which produced devastating unwanted side effects; the bogus middle; the 1976 swine flu immunization software; and genetic engineering. Dutton and the participants hint the human offerings that govern clinical and medical innovation and discover the political, financial, and social components that effect these offerings. within the procedure, they demonstrate a deep gulf among the priorities of clinical innovation and the troubles of most of the people. They then suggest concrete coverage adjustments to assist bridge that gulf.

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Worse than the Disease: Pitfalls of Medical Progress

This e-book examines 4 clinical concepts that epitomize the pitfalls of development: DES, a man-made estrogen prescribed to hundreds of thousands of girls to avoid miscarriages, which produced devastating unintended effects; the bogus middle; the 1976 swine flu immunization software; and genetic engineering. Dutton and the members hint the human offerings that govern clinical and clinical innovation and discover the political, financial, and social elements that effect these offerings.

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As it turned out, the more cautious attitude toward risks of many lay groups, and their more humanistic and practical orientation, might have provided a beneficial antidote for the optimistic and predominantly scientific-technical bent of decisionmakers. Had the policy process been more open to such perspectives, some of the lurking problems might have been uncovered and avoided. In general, however, these concerns were minimized or repressed rather than exploited as a source of potentially valuable ideas and insights.

Expressing a view held by many of today's medical pioneers, artificial heart researcher Robert Jarvik described life as "an aggregate of a bunch of mechanical and chemical things. "20 This mechanistic outlook permeates medicine, from the research laboratory to bedside care. It is modern medicine's triumph, and also the root of many of its most perplexing problems. The changing context: public attitudes and the governance of science While the character and social role of medical science have been evolving, the larger society has itself undergone changes that are equally profound.

Despite the 1971 discovery of the link with vaginal cancer, DES was widely prescribed in many hospital and college clinics as a "morning-after pill" contraceptive during the 1970s and early 1980s. S. livestock producers to fatten cattle and other animals from the 1950s through the late 1970s, until this practice was finally banned. Women who took DES during pregnancy and their children are therefore not the only ones who have been exposed to DES. S. meat. DES is still on the market today for a few medical conditions.

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