Angelina Jolie’s Surgery Lands Her on the Cover of Time Magazine
Angelina Jolie is on the cover of Time magazine, and is being credited for ushering in a potentially new phenomenon–preemptive surgery after genetic testing.
There’s a chilly arithmetic to the way we all get sick. At the end of any year, a fixed and knowable number of us will have developed heart disease, and another number won’t have. There will be a different entry in the ledger for cancer, another for lung disease, another for Parkinson’s or dementia or HIV. The people who study those mortal metrics–the actuaries, the epidemiologists–don’t give too much thought to the individuals behind the numbers, and the truth is, they can’t. It’s no good sentimentalizing math–not if you want to get anything useful out of it.