Medicine: Losing Front

It sometimes looks to skeptics as if medicine is moving in a circle. It has made great strides against the germ diseases. But medicine is only fighting a delaying action against the omnipresent group of diseases roughly described as "degenerative" (disorders of the heart and blood system, cancer, diabetes, etc.). Last week New York City's Health Commissioner Eraest L. Stebbins published a bulletin which showed how mankind is making out in its war (see chart).

Based on New York City records (considered typical of U.S. cities), the chart shows the general trend of changes in death rates, by diseases, since 1930. Thanks...