Drugs: Helpful but Also Harmful

From the first sulfa compounds of the 1930s to the latest molecular manipulation of penicillin, the wonder drugs of modern medicine have carried a high price tag. And the bill keeps getting bigger. Patients are paying it with an increased number of drug-induced diseases.

Each drug is designed to act upon a particular organ or upon particular tissues. But as Lieut. Colonel Robert H. Moser of the Army Medical Corps told a Palo Alto, Calif., symposium on "Diseases of Medical Progress": "We are inclined to forget that the drug is also in contact...

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