Thrasymachus wrote:Overall the medical profession does mostly net harm in anything outside of emergency care(IE. If I saw off my finger, they are excellent at sewing it back) and their purpose is to adjust people to capitalist growth and progress. You don't see doctors out there at the front line presenting medical protests against pollution from the new factory opening near a residential area, opposing new highways which will cause lung problems from all the increased particulate matter in the air, opposing the increasing work hours most people are undertaking which always takes a bodily and psychic toll, opposing nuclear plants, or doing anything in general to promote health in a preventative matter. Actually there are a few exceptions which I could name, but they are too few. What they do instead is damage control for the God of Growth on the tail end by dis-empowering people from taking steps to prevent health problems before they arise, emphasizing an approach laden with invasive testing, pharmacology and surgery.
Like I said before professionals get their power by dis-empowering others. At the other side of the argument medical professionals have utter contempt for those who did not undergo their same university certification and who do not enjoy their legal monopoly regulated by the judiciary and police apparatus. What I am saying against them is nothing compared to what they do in practice. It is clear to me what their social function is in this society and whose side they are not on.
That's a very fine rant, but there's really nothing more to it than that. I have had extended contact with numerous medical professionals not one of whom was trying to adjust me to capitalism, and I'm positive they would laugh themselves purple at such a ridiculous accusation.
You don't see them on the front line? Hah. The problem isn't that they are not there, you just can't see them because YOU are not there and they ARE. Consider the following:Emergency
is an organization that specializes in emergency treatment of landmine injuries.Christian Blind Mission Int'l
always has teams in the field curing blindness across the third world, including airborne surgical clinics
On the nuclear front, where you claim they are doing nothing, there is:IPPNW: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
, with a membership of tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, and other health workers, operating in 62 countriesPhysicians for Global Survival
had advocated a complete moratorium on uranium mining and has produced videos in cooperation with Soka Gakkai Int'l
Of course one hardly need mention Dr Helen Caldicott who almost single handedly created the medical-anti-nuclear movement and published books on the subjects including
Nuclear Madness (1979)
Missile Envy (1984)
If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth (1992 and 2009)
A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography (1996)
Simple fact is, the medical community is doing more to ease suffering, fight nuclear weapons, and shut down uranium mining than any religious organzation, more than any government, and more than just about any group you can think of. And they are doing all this for each and every one of us, mostly unpaid, and the are not even getting upset at the catcalls from the fringe loons.
I could go on and on like this. Every time you search on a new combination of words new medical NGOs pop up. I haven't even mentioned the Nobel Prizes that have been awarded to these organizations, or Doctors Without Borders, which is enormous or...... ach I give up.
A person simply cannot be more wrong than you are, cannot ignore more facts than you have, or unjustly condemn better people more harshly than you have.