Sep 27 2014

Cystic Fibrosis by David Orenstein

Excellent book. I started this book expecting to be depressed by accounts of patients not living past childhood, but it turns out that with currently available medical care patients can expect to live into adulthood and even to old age. They will need regular treatments and may have to make many trips to the hospital throughout their lives, particularly for lung infections, but otherwise CF patients can expect to live mostly normal and happy lives if they receive the proper care. I used to be dubious about the benefits of modern medicine, but recent experiences, as well as books like this, have bolstered my faith in its efficacy. In spite of the troubles we face in the modern era, we are still living in an age of wonders.

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