Top 25 Medical Advances
2. Smoking Cessation
4. Cancer detection
6. Infant mortality
7. Anticholesterol medications (statins)
8. Cancer vaccines
9. Automated external defibrillators
10. Direct to consumer ads
11. In vitro fertilization
12. Human genome
13. Infections diseases (mad cow, west nile virus)
14. Medical technology
15. Laparoscopic surgery
16. Hormone replacement therapy
17. Attention-deficit hyperactivity medications
19. Caesarean sections
21. Child safety
I think they got it wrong. AIDS is clearly number one. It affects 40 million people worldwide and has had a devastating effect on the world. But shouldn't the Human Genome be number 2? This will revolutionize how we diagnose and treat people for the next 50 years. What about Transplant? Stem Cells? Seat Belts and Reproductive surgery?
I would add the "Quality and Safety" movement that has occurred within the past 10 years and the new focus that hospitals and caregivers have for creating standards of care that will save lives. Simple things like hand washing and preventing bed sores (pressure ulcers) will affect millions of people. Reducing hospital acquired infections and medication errors is part of this safety movement. These practices are now part of mainstream medicine and we are focused on measuring and tracking outcomes. Quality and Safety are truly a medical advance.
How the heck did Viagra and Botox make the list? Please....eliminating wrinkles is hardly important to mankind. How you got those wrinkles and what you do with your life on this planet is more important than smooth skin.