Medical Challenges for the New Millennium: An Interdisciplinary Task

Front Cover
Stefan N. Willich, S. Elm
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 30, 2001 - Law - 142 pages
In 1978, the World Health Organization (WHO) designated the year 2000 as the "due date" for world health. The Alma Ata declaration set the turn of the century as the target for a level of health that would permit all people of the world to lead a socially and economically productive life. ' At that (magic but arbitrary) date most infectious diseases and many chronic conditions, including diabetes and cancer, were expected to have been eradicated or at least controlled. Such predictions were based on solid foundations. In the 1 20 h century, and particularly since the 1970's, Western science and technology based (or "modern") medicine has made quantum leaps in numerous areas as diverse as pharmacology, genetic and molecular biology, surgical techniques, infertility treatments, and pre- and neo-natal care. This impressive trajectory of progress, which continues unabatedly, gave every reason to assume that come the year 2000 humanity would finally be free from many of its ancient scourges. However, as we are all too well aware, the new millennium witnesses also ever more terrifying threats to our health as a result of the emergence of 2 AIDS in the early 80's, the resurgence of infectious diseases such as 3 tuberculosis and malaria, now drug resistant, the absence of significant breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and the continuing dramatic gap in health care between industrialized and developing countries, to mention but a few examples.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Dying Well and the Doctors
21
Alternative Medicine in Germany
39
Structural Changes in Health Care Systems the Advent of ehealthcare
73
Minimally Invasive Robotic Telesurgery
89
The Strange Case of Molecular Medicine Dr Jekyll
113
Ethical Dilemmas in Medicine at the Beginning and the End of Life
127
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 109 - A teleoperated microsurgical robot and associated virtual environment for eye surgery", Presence, 2:4, pp.
Page 110 - A comparison of muscle with artificial actuators," IEEE Solid-State Sensor and Actuator Workshop, pp.
Page 109 - P. Krulevitch, AP Lee, PB Ramsey, JC Trevino, J. Hamilton, and MA Northrup. Thin Film Shape Memory Alloy Microactuators.
Page 110 - Comparison of direct vision and electronic two- and three-dimensional display systems on surgical task efficiency in endoscopic surgery.
Page 110 - H. Fischer, B. Neisius, and R. Trapp. "Tactile feedback for endoscopic surgery," in Interactive Technology and the New Paradigm for Healthcare, RM Satava et al., Eds., pp. 114-7. IOS Press. Washington, DC. 1995. " E. Tan, "Estimating human tactile resolution limits for stimulator design.

Bibliographic information