There has been a lot written in recent years about the number of people who die as a result of medical errors they suffer while in hospitals or other care facilities.
Advances in medicine are happening all the time. Often they are hugely important and deserve to have word of them spread. Sometimes they may be important, but in the absence of any solid data proving their value, they should be studied with a certain level of healthy skepticism.
The medical profession has been on the job of uncovering what ails the human body and trying to promote healing for a lot of years. If you Google the phrase "earliest doctor" one of the things you will learn is that the first person to actually go by the official title was purported to be an Egyptian fellow back in about 2600 B.C.
Back in 1999, the U.S. Institute of Medicine dropped a bombshell on the health care industry. It reported that anywhere from 44,000 to 98,000 people were dying in the nation's hospitals every year due to medical negligence and errors committed in the operating rooms, emergency rooms and recovery wards.