Medicine: Survival of the Unfit?

Medicine is growing ever more efficient in curing the ills of the human race. But is it simultaneously weakening the race by ensuring the survival of the unfit? The question, largely academic in Nietzsche's day, is being raised anew by a man who has done as much as anyone to help human survival: Rene Jules Dubos, pioneer in microbiology, whose discoveries opened the era of antibiotics.

"For the first time in the history of living things," said Dubos in Omaha, "we are allowing the survival of large numbers of biological misfits, many of whom will become a burden for society . ....

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