Thursday, 23 November 2006, 12:00AM

Hygeia and Panacea: Is prevention better than cure?

Professor Christopher Dye

Better sanitation and hygiene, coupled with immunization, have dramatically reduced illness caused by exposure to microbes. For those who do fall ill, a galaxy of drugs and medical procedures have been invented to treat conditions of all kinds. Among all these means of prevention and cure, which have made the biggest impact on human health?

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Professor Dye was the Gresham Professor of Physic between 2005 and 2009. He is based at the World Health Organization, where he evaluates epidemiological and economic trends for tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious diseases, measures the impact of control programmes, and presents the findings to governments, scientists and the media. Professor Dye holds a BA from the University of York, gained his DPhil at the University of Oxford, and has taught at Cambridge University, Imperial College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008. His work in epidemiology is described in more than 200 scientific papers, and he is currently a member of the editorial board of Science.

All of Professor Dye's lectures may be accessed here.

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23 November 2006

Hygeia and Panacea: Is prevention better than cure?
Professor Christopher Dye

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