the cure is worse than the disease

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  • the cure is worse than the illness, the cure is worse than the ailment, the cure is worse than the ill
  • the treatment is worse than the disease

PhraseEdit

the cure is worse than the disease

  1. The medical treatment for an illness produces a worse net result than the illness does (or threatens a non-negligible risk of doing so), especially via adverse effects.
  2. (figuratively) The solution or proposed solution to a problem produces a worse net result than the problem does (or threatens a non-negligible risk of doing so), especially via unintended consequences.

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