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From: David Stodolsky <uunet!mcvax!diku.dk!stodol>
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Subject: CRYONICS - Re: risk analysis (and AIDS)

A modest proposal?

Another way to rationalize risk is by direct economic 
analysis. Current expenses associated with cryonic 
suspension are in the range of $100,000. The "life time" 
medical expenses associated with each AIDS case are in 
the same range. Prognosis with AIDS is not good, and 
quality of life usually leaves something to be desired.

One of the earliest indications of AIDS is pneumonia as a 
result of opportunistic infection. Untreated this rapidly 
leads to death with other organs, particularly the brain, 
in relatively good condition. Theses deaths are highly 
predictable making such patients excellent cryonic 
suspension candidates.

Odds are that an effective treatment or cure for AIDS is 
only 10 or 20 years in the future, maybe this permits a 
less heroic (non-freezing) suspension protocol.

Given a rational system of health care (to pay the bills - I 
doubt insurance is an option, but this could be 
investigated) there would be no shortage of customers 
(allowing economies of scale that could also benefit 
noninfected cryo patients).

What is the lowest expense to provide this more limited 
suspension arrangement on a large scale? 

Who can prepare a proposal that can be sent to 
appropriate People With AIDS (PWA) activist organizations?

David S. Stodolsky, PhD      Routing: <@uunet.uu.net:>
Department of Psychology                  Internet: <>
Copenhagen Univ., Njalsg. 88                  Voice + 45 31 58 48 86
DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark                  Fax. + 45 31 54 32 11

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