David Bernier wrote: > > 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." > > Ref..: > http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/01/awakening/309188/?single_page=true
Ah yes, 'modern sanitation', that's rather better than 'the safe disposal of human ordure and the provision of potable water'. Thank you.
-- When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting