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    Basically what the question says. So e.g. in a country where access to doctors is tough someone has an illness which will lead them to not be able to use their legs. A doctor could have stopped this easily, it's not something difficult to treat- the issue is there are no doctors to stop.
    Any ideas of such maladies?
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    (Original post by Halal Haribos)
    Basically what the question says. So e.g. in a country where access to doctors is tough someone has an illness which will lead them to not be able to use their legs. A doctor could have stopped this easily, it's not something difficult to treat- the issue is there are no doctors to stop.
    Any ideas of such maladies?
    Cataracts are something that are easily treated in countries with high quality medical care but often restrict lives in poorer countries. If you mean something that specifically effects legs then maybe polio? Although that's more to do with vaccinations.

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    (Original post by Halal Haribos)
    Basically what the question says. So e.g. in a country where access to doctors is tough someone has an illness which will lead them to not be able to use their legs. A doctor could have stopped this easily, it's not something difficult to treat- the issue is there are no doctors to stop.
    Any ideas of such maladies?
    Yes! Syphillis can be cured in advanced countries. The first stage can be cured with a single injection iirc, and even more advanced stages of the disease can be solved with fairly short courses of antibiotics. However, if the disease is left untreated, it can and does cause brain damage and lots of horrible dermatological problems, so in countries where treatment is not available it will be a considerable handicap.
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    Meningitis.
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    Leprosy seems an obvious candidate.
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    Syphilis is the one that came to mind first. It's easily treatable, but quite horrible if left to fester, producing brain and heart symptoms.
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    Polio
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    It depends a bit on exactly what (and why) you are asking.

    Almost every infectious disease (with a few notable exceptions) can be treated "easily" assuming the diagnosis is known and drugs are available. Most of these could result in death or disability if untreated... If you're specifically looking at disability (rather than death) then prime candidates are polio, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, syphilis...
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    (Original post by violin101)
    Cataracts are something that are easily treated in countries with high quality medical care but often restrict lives in poorer countries. If you mean something that specifically effects legs then maybe polio? Although that's more to do with vaccinations.

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    Thanks! Cataracts is good example
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    (Original post by GANFYD)
    Polio
    Have to bump this one up, if you don't get a simple vaccine as a baby you can end up paralysed, have stunted growth in limbs etc, truly horrific if you ask me and so easily preventable


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