An unyielding defense is as critical to success as a powerful offense, in medicine as in nature, sports, or war. In health care it is essential to develop effective treatments such as antibiotics and surgical procedures that stop infections and cancers in their tracks, but it is much healthier, less painful, and more cost-effective to prevent the infection or cancer from ever taking hold in the first place.
Medicine has developed, through very sophisticated research, very simple vaccines to prevent infectious diseases and cancers -- serious, debilitating and often fatal illnesses that, once established in our bodies, current medications are powerless to cure. Only prevention works.
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