On 01/24/2013 09:45 PM, Michael Press wrote: > In article<50FFF91B.BB0D27F8@btinternet.com>, > Frederick Williams<email@example.com> wrote: > >> David Bernier wrote: >> >>> >>> I heard that a survey of medical doctors showed anaesthesia as >>> one of the top advances in medicine, according to >>> the doctors ... >> >> Recently in a UK survey, the safe disposal of human ordure and the >> provision of potable water were voted the things most beneficial to >> human health that had occurred in the last 200 years. (I may not have >> recalled correctly the 200, but something like that.) > > I always thought so. That and a public health service with authority. >
From an article in The Atlantic:
"In 2007, when the British Medical Journal asked subscribers to name the most-significant medical developments since 1840, anesthesia was among the top three, along with antibiotics and modern sanitation."