Miracle drug cures everything
- By: Justin Healy
Open any newspaper or magazine, and chances are it will have a story about how a disease has been cured, be it diabetes, heart disease, or even obesity. Cures are announced with such excitement, suggesting that it can only be a matter of time before the newspaper headline becomes a doctor's prescription.
Sensationalising often tentative scientific studies goes beyond irresponsible journalism. This style of reporting has far graver ramifications for medicine than just unrealistically raising a patient's hopes.
These stories almost always focus on a cure, or a development that will make a cure inevitable. For the media, medicine is about the eradication of disease. But real medicine is more about care and management than about cure. In most cases doctors need a long term strategy rather than a simple quick fix. Angina, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis: all these diseases must be managed and lived with, and the role of medicine