10 Diseases That Used to Be Death Sentences


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Author's Note: 10 Diseases That Used to Be Death Sentences

In a perfect world, everyone would have access to the prevention and treatment methods that are so effective against these diseases. I applaud public health advocacy groups for continuing the frustratingly slow trek toward providing underdeveloped countries with the medical marvels we often take for granted.

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