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Social Sciences As Important As Medical Science In Preventing Drug Resistance, Disease Spread

Project Syndicate: The Social Science of Medicine
Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust

“…The growing capacity of pathogens to resist antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs is turning into the greatest emerging crisis in contemporary health care — and it is a crisis that cannot be solved by science alone. … Today’s great public health threats have profound economic consequences. Minimizing the risks they pose requires recognizing that they are intertwined with the social, behavioral, and cultural landscape. Science provides powerful tools. But we need more than science to use these tools effectively” (1/22).

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