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The greatest medical breakthrough


30 January, 2007  

A new poll, organised by the BMJ, shows that the provision of clean water and sewage disposal has been a greater medical breakthrough than antibiotics and anaesthesia.

Sanitation obtained 15.8% of the vote, thus beating other medical advances such as the creation of the contraceptive pill and the development of vaccines. Antibiotics came second with 14.5% of the vote, and anaesthesia took the third place.