Better Treatment, Longer Lives

Stories about medical breakthroughs are tough to resist. A wonder cure. A life restored at the stroke of a scalpel. That kind of article is exciting to writers and captures readers' imagination. This, however, is another kind of medical tale -- one that is more faithful to the way most advances truly take place. It is a story about making many small improvements in patients' treatment and care. It is a story of how each new step builds on the one before until their combined power starts to prolong lives or at least improve the quality of life that remains. It...

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