Governmental Responsibilities in Genetic Diseases
All modern governments include among their responsibilites the protection of public health of their citizens. The term public health is often broadly drawn and includes the promotion of good medical care with access of the entire population to medical practitioners and hospitals. The specific measures that have given citizens of developed societies their current long life-span consisted largely of good hygiene, which cleaned up environmental contamination of water and milk and made available preventive immunization and antibiotic agents. These procedures, together with the provision of sufficient food to prevent malnutrition in the majority of the population, have led to better health of developed societies than was ever known previously in human history. With current attainments, however, we have not yet reached the optimum in good health. With the conquest of most infections and nutritional diseases, developed societies continue to face birth defects and genetic diseases as significant health problems.
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