Medicine may be a science, but even scientists will gaze into a crystal ball once in a while. With an inside track on medical developments and the general optimism that comes with the desire to heal, it makes sense that medical scientists might see a brighter future in terms of human health.
Here, five medical predictions that famously missed their mark — though not for want of trying.
1. The cure for the common cold
In 1955, Arkansas physician Dr. Lowry McDaniel told the American Medical Association convention that by the year 2000 the common cold “will be only a memory,” reported the International News Service. But bringing that prediction to fruition is easier said than done. With over 100 different viruses that could cause a cold, finding a medicine that fights all of them is nearly impossible.
Although the common cold doesn’t get the kind of research attention and funding other, deadlier diseases get, there are hopeful signs. The Common Cold Project at Carnegie Mellon University and the Common Cold Center in the UK are among those still seeking a cure for the common cold.
Click here to read the other four predictions and the full article by Leah Samuel, STAT News.