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Winner of BMJ “‘Medical’ Milestones”

Although sanitation is far from synonymous with medical practice, the British Medical Journal announced that sanitation received the highest number of votes (out of 11,000) for most significant advancement in health since 1840 [Jan 5th THDblog post lists top 15 innovations]. See video announcement at the BMJ website. Be sure to fast forward through 3 minutes 20 seconds of silent conference room set-up.

Via the Genetics and Health blog here is the breakdown of the voting behind sanitation. You can read the full story in the Guardian.

  • Antibiotics – 14.5%
  • Anaesthesia – 13.9%
  • Vaccines – 11.8%
  • Discovery of DNA structure 8.8%
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Written by Ben

January 21, 2007 at 4:04 pm

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  1. […] via THD Blog […]

  2. […] Posted by Aman on August 13, 2008 This is your chance to vote for the 30 most important innovations over the past 30 years. The judging committee on the surface looks fairly homogenous – I don’t see obvious evidence of community leaders, global representation, disciplinary diversity or practitioners – so this is the chance to balance that with your vote. Remember it is s short time frame. For ideas see our previous post on the winner of public health milestones here. […]


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