The diseases that affect us, whether common or rare, chronic or acute, threaten our desire to live full and fulfilling lives. The treatments and cures for some represent great victories in this fight. Others are still being battled, with slow but steady progress being made. Still others are only starting to be addressed. And we know there are always new diseases on the horizon, for which we must remain vigilant.
Here we have selected a handful of diseases to try and illustrate this scope. Some are known to everyone. Some are very rare. We'll only realize the true scope of lives and money saved when we move these diseases from the medical books to the history books.