What is needed for a technological race in the field of medicine to begin in the world, for example, but not an arms race, not a race to build up means of destroying people?

What is needed for a technological race in the field of medicine to begin in the world, for example, but not an arms race, not a race to build up means of destroying people?

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Answer 1
July, 2021

Good times!

A technological race in the field of medicine and related fields has been going on in the world for decades.

One of the main reasons for it is the desire of those who have to ensure longevity, well-being and strength.

There are other reasons, apart from any connection with the threats of military action. And only indirectly related to the war.

Answer 2
July, 2021

And you will remember the most powerful leaps in the field of medicine and get an answer to your question. Under these conditions, almost nothing. The essence of a person is such that he begins to develop exactly when there is a significant threat to life. Medicine, like many other sciences, develops in leaps and bounds, and often (yes, there is often - always) these leaps are associated with huge human sacrifices. It can be anything - a war, an epidemic, a new, unexplored and highly contagious disease, and so on. We need a kind of kick in the ass for all of humanity to start doing something. For example, there were huge breakthroughs in the study of anatomy and the effects of various drugs during and after the Second World War. Is it worth noting that this was greatly facilitated by the Japanese with their vivisection, Dr. Mengele and other needle and scalpel professionals?

The thing is that the special conditions created by the mass casualties allow doctors and scientists some liberties. The main obstacle to the development of medicine is the widespread practice of deaf humanism, which does not allow the normal testing of drugs and preparations, the effect of which on animals is not always informative. The prohibition of experiments on humans means that scientists can develop a breakthrough drug, but it will take them many years, if not decades, until the relevant commissions pass them and decide that the drugs are usable. And more than that - even on animals, because of the stupid legislation of most countries, a lot cannot be experienced.

I think it is worth to thank the First World War for its cruelty, because without it in our time it would be very difficult to treat pulmonary burns with chlorine, for example. It is impossible to kill animals now with chlorine, and even more so - it turns out that doctors would have only theoretical calculations and a complete lack of practical experience. And as a result, if at some pulp and paper mill there was a leak of chlorine with poisoning of dozens of people - in the process of trying to treat, half of them could well be bent or get irreversible damage. I'm not talking about the development of respiratory protection, which was also influenced by the First World War.

We should thank the Second World War for so many different piercing, cutting, bullet and other wounds that it provided us. Imagine what it would be like to treat a person next to whom, for example, a propane tank exploded? He has a burn of most of his body, a contusion, and fragments of a balloon in his leg / arm / abdomen. He has only a little left to live, and the resuscitator throws up his hands in confusion - he does not know how. Well, how would he be able to, if we did not have so much practice in this area?

There are the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the practice of amputations and alkali poisoning. There are the Greeks and Romans with the rudiments of surgical practice. There is the fifteenth century with its gradual introduction of gunpowder and firearms, the study of blood circulation and a sharp leap in the same surgery. There, h14th century with the practice of isolation during epidemics. There is also Vietnam with an in-depth study of the effects of highly hazardous chemicals. There is also Chernobyl with its catastrophe, which gave a leap in the study of radiophysics and treatment of the consequences of radiation sickness. Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which made it possible to navigate in Chernobyl much faster and save more lives. The path to development always lies through the blood of tens, hundreds, thousands and millions of people - there is no getting away from this and no escape. If now an epidemic begins in the world that affects all people, you can be sure that medicine will jump forward again.

So, I'm afraid that the technological race in the field of medicine will begin - first of all, a very large number of people need to be killed, no matter how unpleasant it may sound. In the comments, they correctly said that the main customer of medical developments is the army. Moreover, many of the best practices in medicine known to us came from the army, which ordered certain specific means against something. The funny thing is that sometimes in the process of developing a drug for the army we received several drugs at once, and even some breakthrough technologies to boot.

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