Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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July 2008 cover

Science has many new and powerful weapons against disease

This man's disease, yaws, will have been cured by a single injection of penicillin. WHO/UNICEF teams examined 20 million people and treated 5 million sufferers. The cost of curing this disease was less than $ 1 (U.S) per person.

Treponematoses Control Project, Island of Mindanao, Philippines, 1953