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Hippocrates, the father of medicine, called on physicians to "cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always." With the limited tools available to the doctors of ancient Greece, it's no surprise that medical treatment succeeded in providing comfort more often than cure.
Little changed during most of the 2,400 years that have elapsed since the Greek era. But as medicine developed powerful new ways to diagnose and treat disease over the past century, cure has become the main goal of treatment. It's great progress, and the improvements are bound to accelerate in our age of modern molecular medicine.
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