Friday, November 11, 2005

Rx for Survival

Watching Rx for Survival Series on PBS. It's amazing how dense biomedical scientists can be. An opthamologist discovered that giving nightblind children one dose of vitamin A saves their eyesight and furthermore significantly reduces their mortality rates. The same results occur with pregnant women. Mortality of pregnant women is reduced 40% if they are given vitamin A. The medical establishment couldn't believe that something so simple would have such an impact. Many people can be saved if they just have the basics, yet many people don't even have clean water.
They mentioned that civil engineers who construct modern sanitation and water treatment facilities save more lives than doctors do. I used to think that civil engineers weren't the brightest of engineers. I took their public health contributions for granted.
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