It appears that medicine has never really found a cure for any major chronic illness or health problem
Do you have many family members who have died from tuberculosis? Syphilis? Influenza? Is the average lifespan of people you know below 40 years old?
Do you remember the last outbreak of Black Plague? Do you personally know any lepers? How many cousins have died of smallpox?
You should really educate yourself a little bit on the history of medicine if you’re going to criticize it, because that post of yours is 100% pure ignorance.
with the exception of certain types of infectious disease. Is this observaiton accurate?
No, it’s just about entirely wrong. Some disease have been so well contained and countered, you barely remember they even existed.
Read a few biographies from the middle ages and renaissance, and count the numbers of death from tuberculosis or syphilis. And that’s among the well-fed and well-cared for elite, as most peasants didn’t rate a personal biography.
If so, why should anyone believe that cures will ever be developed?
Many type of cancers that used to be fatal can now be cured. Treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are slowly getting better. We are also making progress at correcting defective genes, so that a propensity to develop a disease can be eliminated. Simply because many of the remaining ills are hard (all the low-hanging fruits have long been picked) doesn’t mean there won’t eventually be a successful treatment for it.
He gave you infectous diseases. They’ve done nothing for Alzheiner’s and Parkinson’s except delay them slightly. You’re right about cancer.