Prevention, as English clergyman Thomas Adams observed in 1618, “is
so much better than healing because it saves the labour of being sick.”
And while the preventive tools available to Adams and his 17th-century contemporaries
were sparse compared with today’s arsenal of vaccines, drugs to lower
blood pressure and cholesterol, and other compounds, interest in discovering
agents that can lower an individual’s risk of conditions such as cancer
and heart disease has never been higher.
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