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Non-scientist makes number one medical advance since 1840

The British Medical Journal has just revealed the results of its poll which asked participants to name the number one medical advance made since 1840.

SANITATION, developed by Edwin Chadwick, a lawyer and writer with a scientific bent, was voted number one. He is described here
and in the Ingenious Timeline here.

Brits made major contributions to at least ten of the top fifteen medical advances (underlined titles are links):

Medical images

DNA

Antibiotics

Anaesthetics

Germ theory

Vaccines
(Edward Jenner’s hair-raising work and contribution is described in the Ingenious Timeline.)

Evidence-based medicine, described here and here.

Risks of smoking
(Doll and Hill’s work is described in the Timeline.)

Computers

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