why might civilization be on the verge of collapse?

"Business as usual is no longer a viable option. Food security will deteriorate further unless leading countries collectively mobilize to stabilize population, stabilize climate, stabilize aquifers, conserve soils, protect cropland, and restrict the use of grain to produce fuel for cars.” - Lester Brown The end of the world is not necessarily upon us.  Our …

how the scientific community garnered its power in the medical community

“If the sick are to reap the full benefit of recent progress in medicine, a more uniformly arduous and expensive medical education is demanded.” - Abraham Flexner - Before the standardization of medicine in the United States, medical training was extremely varied and often inadequate. There were three ways that doctors were trained-apprenticeships, through a …