In his It’s Your Health column, UTMB Dr. Michael Warren notes that some of the current diagnostic procedures, surgery and treatment include medicines and methodologies that might have seemed like science fiction a mere 30 years ago. Computers, lasers, magnets and other developments mean patients often benefit from faster diagnosis, less painful surgical procedures, briefer hospital stays and shorter recuperation time. Of course, these advances come with a cost. “As a nation we must be prepared to play a role in the ethical debates that will arise regarding their use; and we must be prepared to pay the price,” he states.