The Modern Art of Medicine (Critical Overview)
In this article we will cover the origins of the medical arts, how they’ve evolved into their current form and what people should do to prepare for a future in healthcare. This is important because, despite increasing pessimism, there are still many who believe that medicine and science will one day save us all.
Medical arts are the study of identifying, diagnosing and treating illness. They are often referred to as “the modern art of medicine”. This art is only as new as one’s ability to identify a sickness in the first place. That’s because the very first medical arts were developed and refined through trial and error by some of mankind’s greatest minds; often, it was seen as something of a science not limited to how one would treat an illness but also how they could prevent one.
The problem with trying to understand the origins of such an impenetrably complex subject is that it is hard for those outside these arts (i.e. laymen) to even imagine what it must be like from within these walls.
Arguably, the most important medical art is surgery. (In fact, most practices in medicine are considered to be “medical arts”.) The number of people who die daily from a preventable or curable disease is staggering and frightening.
So, if there is a way for us to prevent a lot of these deaths, what prevents us from doing so? What’s stopping us from returning our focus to the many perceived “lost causes” that have been swept under the rug with no real hope of uncovering their true cause?
The answer is simple: money. With it comes legal troubles and disputes regarding what is actually happening. Without it, we would have to rely on good old-fashioned detective work to solve these medical mysteries, and that is something that people aren’t particularly interested in doing.
To put it bluntly, the majority of medical arts today are corrupt. But why is that? What’s really going on behind closed doors? And how do these doctors really think they’re helping the world when they’re only helping themselves?
A Brief History of Medicine
Before we get into too many details about what is happening presently within medicine, it would be useful for us to understand the origin of its roots. This way we can learn about everyday issues that existed back then and see if there are any similarities between then and now.
In the sixth century BC, Hippocrates laid the groundwork for what we would call “modern medicine”. He was a truly great man. But unlike how he is remembered today, his motto was “do no harm”. However, that meant he was unable to heal people with his idiosyncratic methods and selective uses of medicines.
As time went on physicians slowly began to develop techniques that worked, and by the 14th century they had an understanding of how to treat patients. Medicine became more organized. By the 17th century there were definite divisions between medical arts (referred to as “physic”) and surgery (referred to as “surgery”). By the 20th century surgery was even more separated from the rest of medicine. Surgeons became even more skilled in their craft, becoming experts at microsurgery and performing operations known as “minor surgeries”.
In other words, surgeons have become scientists. They’ve become so skilled at doing what they do that they’ve almost completely forgotten how to treat their patients with compassion.
These medical arts were eventually given a name. This was because when doctors have a hard time remembering why they do what they do (whether it’s due to poor memory or because they want the patient to forget what happened), a common solution is to categorize the obscure procedures they perform into different classes based on their effectiveness and side-effects.
This is why procedures that are seen as ineffective are considered to be “barbaric”.
But as medical science advanced it became harder and harder to place procedures into the medical arts category. This is because a doctor’s job was no longer just to treat a patient, but also to understand why the patient is sick and how they can learn from it.
When doctors are able to profit from curing a certain disease they’re less likely to pay attention toward learning about people who have it. When people think of medical science they see pills that will help them survive diseases. But what they don’t realize is that these pills are merely a band-aid for an injury that medicine isn’t truly interested in getting to the bottom of.
Since medicine is no longer interested in healing people, the focus of medical science has shifted. It’s now become more interested in injury prevention. Medicine is more concerned with stopping accidents, and this means that to stop those accidents, mankind must be “cleaner”.
Cleaner is a word that you’ll often hear someone who works in a hospital or medical school use. So what does it mean? It goes back to the philosophy of Hippocrates which states that it would be better to not let illnesses get as far as infecting the body because it could result in an injury or death.
When a doctor tells you that you need to be more “clean” (putting it nicely) they’re not instructing you to be any cleaner than you are. They’re simply telling you to protect yourself from being injured during medical procedures.
Once you get through this article you’ll have a much better understanding of why we have so many issues with medical science today. The short version is that medicine has become an industry where doctors want to improve their own economic position.
This is why whatever procedures they perform on patients are only done after careful consideration of their potential side-effects. Medical science cares little about helping people, and they’re only concerned with improving those things that are important to them.
After all, if medical science didn’t care about economics it wouldn’t be allowed to charge tax-payers for treatments that aren’t effective and don’t help anyone.