Live forever

In a post on those with disabilities:

Unfortunately, our mortality makes a mockery of our pretension to be gods. This is probably why so many doctors in our hospitals run away from talking about death with their patients. As long as modern medical practitioners think of themselves as wonder-workers, and of their work as one of human engineering rather than alleviating human suffering wherever possible, they will always think of handicap and death as “failure”.

Just to make it clear – i think that this is a core part of what we do – alleviating suffering. Both doctors and the public have this perception that we make people better. Occasionally we do. But not very often. And we’re not very good at it when we do.

2 Responses to “Live forever”

  1. 1 Kevin Hargaden August 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    It was a great post by Dr. Ramachandra and it is something I find refreshing in medics of a more Christian perspective- their willingness to puncture the myth of the Doctor as modern day Shaman…

  2. 2 Roads September 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    42 communication events an hour? Crikey — that must disbar you from management, instantly.

    On a slightly different but equally perplexing note came that worrying study this morning from McKinsey on savings in the NHS.

    I remember management consultants telling one famous energy company that they should change the name of their reserves replacement team from ‘Exploration’ to ‘Finding’.

    They reasoned that amongst all the professional knowledge, experience, expertise and amazing investment in advanced technology being applied by the team, that simply changing their name would finally be the most effective and subliminal way of transforming success rates.


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August 2009

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