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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 10

Truth and Consequences

BIOMEDICINE IS RIDING an ever-steepening learning curve, but much of this new knowledge is not easily translated into practical use. There is no guarantee that new truths spun from this vortex of discovery will make us healthier. We don’t even know that the consequences of new discoveries will be good—it’s not difficult to imagine powerful scientific discoveries being diverted to nefarious ends. How do we go about discovering new truths relevant to health and making sure that the consequences of discovery are as good as they can be? In fact, how do we go about discovering new truths at all?

Let’s start with the fundamental processes of discovery. One of the many quotable lines attributed to Yogi Berra is, “You ...

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