[extropy-chat] Are vaccinations useless?

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Tue Mar 14 10:34:28 UTC 2006

What accounts for the largest part of overall health/longevity  
increase is a VERY different question from the subject line.  I would  
point out that many of the supposed non-medicinal contributors were  
invented or greatly strengthened and perfected due to our  
understanding of medical science.

- samantha

On Mar 13, 2006, at 9:17 PM, Russell Wallace wrote:

> On 3/14/06, "Hal Finney" <hal at finney.org> wrote:
> One of the other sources I found at the library was a health economics
> textbook that Robin recommended on his web page for his students: The
> Economics of Health and Health Care, by Folland, Goodman, and Stano.
> This has a nice overview of the areas of consensus and controversy
> regarding the causes of the dramatic decline in mortality over the  
> past
> 250 years.
> Good article, thanks! Not very specific about actual causes, but it  
> would seem consistent with the idea that things like hygiene,  
> sanitation and quarantine account for the largest part of the  
> improvement (with improved nutrition helping, but not enough to  
> account for the bulk).
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