Health
Dec
09
2009

THE JOY OF PERFECT HEALTH: MEDICAL EDUCATION

Students of medicine, our future doctors, are forced to memorise an enormous quantity of bits and pieces of information, the most important being the names of chemicals and hormones and their relationship to various organs and functions of the body.

I highlighted the “bits and pieces”, because they do not form a complete picture of the way our body functions. To a serious scientist their collection poses more questions than it provides answers.

After young doctors complete their University studies and their initial supervised practice, they practice on their own, continuing their “education” during their working life.

Let us analyse, how they update their knowledge. Critical study of Medical Journals and complex results of clinical research requires time and significant effort from doctors, for which they are not being paid. Another source of new information is that concerning new drugs manufactured by chemical companies. This information is simple and quick to absorb: it comes with short and complete instructions on how to prescribe drugs to patients, details of dosages etc. It also comes with “free samples” of drugs to make the doctor familiar with the name of the drug, by being always at hand. Well-informed drug sales representative would offer a doctor personal assistance in acquiring familiarity with any new drug. Each year a multitude of new drugs is introduced to medical practice in this way. After several years of medical practice, most of the doctor’s new knowledge comes from such sales representatives, who usually do not have any medical education at all.

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