nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Medical Quote of The Day

Yesterday I was thinking about the poor prospects for innovation and medical advances under health care reform.  Given that there is much to criticize in our system of health care, it must be admitted that the US is the driving engine of medical advancement, accounting for over 90% of all new treatments and devices.  In my view, this is a consequence of the market system, not of government funding.  With taxes on new medical devices and cost controls on medications, innovation will be difficult.

And, I think we will have new diseases, and new complications of old ones, to deal with.

So I ran across this citation from Sir Francis Bacon:

"Surely every medicine is an innovation; and he that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator, and if time of course alter things to the worse, and wisdom and counsel shall not alter them to the better, what shall be the end?"
--Essays, Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626


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