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Catastrophic Illness

"Catastrophic Illness" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

An acute or prolonged illness usually considered to be life-threatening or with the threat of serious residual disability. Treatment may be radical and is frequently costly.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Catastrophic Illness" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Catastrophic Illness" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 26 publications over 13 distinct years, with a maximum of 4 publications in 1990 and 2017 and 2018
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