News in brief: Medical breakthrough poll results

Clean water and sewage disposal have been voted the top medical breakthroughs since 1840 in a poll by the BMJ. More than 11,000 votes were cast, with 1,795 backing sanitation. Antibiotics were second with 1,642 votes, and anaesthesia came third with 1,574.

(BMJ 2007; 334: s2–s3).

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