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December 12, 2007

Health Care in the Age of Genetic Medicine

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

JAMA. 2007;298(22):2670-2672. doi:10.1001/jama.298.22.2670

Occasionally, the emergence of new technology or knowledge propels medicine across a threshold that is so monumental it mandates changes in the structure of health care delivery. In the 20th century, a deep understanding of infectious diseases and cardiovascular risk factors triggered such changes, stimulating action at the governmental and population levels with the creation of organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and departments of public health.