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Why did I get sick?

Individual medicine and the alternative medical traditions seem to fill a need that the public health service does not meet: to give answers to individuals about causes.

A risk factor is something else and more abstract than a cause. In medicine, there is a lot of talk about risk factors, but not so much about causes: Why does a person develop cancer, for example? This question is almost unheard of in medicine. To try to answer the considered a form of hubris, it is provocative. As a rule, it is claimed that cancer strikes randomly. That is, when risk factors have been taken into account. Among twenty heavy smokers, for example. . .

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Næss is a doctor and philosopher. Regular commentator in Ny Tid.

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