As we approach the twenty-first century, medicine finds itself in great trouble. An economic crisis of unprecedented proportions has engulfed health-care institutions, bringing changes that have alienated patients and eroded the job satisfaction of physicians. In a nutshell, conventional medicine has become too expensive. All over the world, insurance systems are breaking down. In the United States hospitals are going bankrupt at an accelerating rate. It is possible that in the not-distant future, when many smaller and community hospitals will have disappeared, large areas of our country will be left with only one central hospital, the only one that will be able to afford the hardware.
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