n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Chaos theory : editor's comment

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Two medical news items have caught my eye in the past couple of weeks. The first is that, in the USA at least, doctors are not adhering to guidelines in the treatment of osteoarthritis. The second is that longterm use of common anti-inflammatory drugs, including in the doses available over the counter, is not safe. These two items are related in some ways because both highlight the fact that, as a society, we now accept that there is a pill for every ill and that no amount of discomfort can be tolerated, but must be medicated away.

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