Friday, June 06, 2014

Medicine and Science
To the extent that medicine is a science, we don’t need doctors.
If, when feeling ill, one could stick a finger in a machine and learn with scientific certainty the diagnosis and best treatment, there would be nothing for a doctor to do.
With biological science having grown greatly over the years, it should therefor follow that the need for doctors would decrease.
Evidence of that appeared in an article appearing in the May 31 issue of The Boston Globe under the headline “A new source for the old house call.”  The article reported a plan by EasCare LLC, a Dorchester, MA ambulance company, to make its Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) available to provide in-home care for “patients with infections, minor wounds, injuries from falls, and problems associated with chronic diseases like diabetes and congestive heart failure.”
When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.  If we can rely on EMTs to care for us in life-threatening events like heart attacks, strokes, and car accidents, surely it is reasonable to look to them for treatment of more minor complaints.
Scientific progress has made it feasible, both by adding to the certainty of diagnosis and best treatment and also by making information more readily available for the use of both caregivers and those responsible to supervise them.

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