If a new medicine were developed that would cure arthritis but cause a fatal reaction in 1 percent of those who took it, would you want it to be released to the public?
Absolutely. You can't have an omelet without breaking a few eggs. Besides, there would be a disclaimer on the commercials telling you that the side effects include but are not limited to overactive bladder, rash, sneezing, sniffling, coughing, fever, explosive diarrhea, bad breath, athlete's foot, loss of appetite, and death. But on the plus side, you wouldn't be in pain anymore. People know about the possible side effects in advance. Doctor's would explain that this drug kills one percent of the population. Let the patient choose.
*Question of the Week comes from The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.