First of all, as long as we keep maiming people with land mines, all the miraculous medical advances are not much more than a terrible waste of resources on a planet where starvation is still the number one cause of death and disease, but that is not why I am replying to this. I want to take issue with your statements on vaccines.
They do not "work without question." I question whether they work at all. Polio affected mostly children, but also GI's stationed overseas. What they had in common were DPT vaccines which were the probable cause of the polio epidemic. If polio were the infectious paralysis the scare campaign said it was, why did none of the parents of these children get polio? Polio was not a contagious epidemic and it was over before the vaccine came out. If anything, the vaccine can viewed as a coverup. The same thing is going on today with AIDS. Check out the graph on http://hometown.aol.com/aidsisover and you'll see the US AIDS epidemic is ending without any vaccine or cure -- just as polio was before the vaccine was introduced. In fact, the polio vaccine causes more disease than it prevents.