Unintended Consequences of Medical Advancements

Aditi Bhargava
8 min readSep 8, 2023

Antibiotics, anesthesia, vaccines, genetic recombination tools are some of discoveries that have undoubtedly revolutionized the field of biomedicine. The beneficial results of these discoveries are obvious, and many million lives have been saved. The harms or side effects are often ignored or are dismissed as collateral damage. For example, overdose from anesthesia, incorrect medication, drug-drug interactions etc. also kill thousands of people, and often blamed on human error. In fact, medical “mistakes” is the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer…

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Aditi Bhargava

Dr. Aditi Bhargava is a molecular neuroendocrinologist with research focus on sex differences in stress biology and immunology.