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Fighting the Diseases of Want and Plenty

Many of the diseases associated with either affluence or poverty are avoidable, but modern medicine is concerned primarily with treatment, not prevention. What is needed is a new approach to promoting health that focuses on biology, environment, and behavior.

BERLIN – “Diseases of want” arise from poverty, while “diseases of plenty” are associated with affluence. Many of the illnesses in each category are avoidable, but stopping them will require a revolutionary change in our approach to medicine.