My definition of "cure "is when people stop dying of these diseases. My point was that medical doctors and psychiatrists in particular have but a tenuous grasp on the actual workings of the human body. Many doctors contend if you have a mental illness that it is not a medical problem. You have to go see a psychiatrist for that. As if the brain weren't part of the human body.
If you want to cherry-pick cases where where medical science reigns supreme, I'm all in favor of antibiotics. I will gladly join you in celebrating that success. However....
Remember Ted Kennedy? Great guy, guzzled Chivas and often pulled his pants down during parties on Martha's Vineyard? He's dead. Got glioblastoma, didn't last much more than a year despite having the best doctors in the world.
How about Randy Pausch? He was fully aware how well and truly fucked he was by pancreatic cancer, even made a video about it. He's now six feet under.
Let's not forget Richard Feynman, being blessed with two forms of cancer, liposarcoma and WaldenstrÃm's macroglobulinemia. Suffice to say it didn't end well.
Then there's Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcet, Gilda Radner, Peter Jennings, Sydney Pollack - I don't see much point in continuing this particular litany, having abundantly made my point already.