Richard Reece’s recent blog post echoes my sentiments – that it is important, in the midst of a broken healthcare system (and all the frustration that it creates), to stop and ponder the good things that yet exist. There are flowers popping up between the concrete slabs of our system…
Dr. Reece writes,
This is an anti-hero age. We no longer send bouquets or offer praise or optimism, beauty, life, or achievements.
Instead we doubt, dissect, disparage, analyze, impugn, question, and investigate.
Boy, do we investigate. We investigate Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Attorney Generals, Politicians, Army Generals, Priests, Physicians, and Establishment Institutions. The prevailing attitude is: if they or it have succeeded in our society, something must be wrong. Our most prominent heroes, even Mohammad Ali, have feet of Clay. So we send no flowers, only regrets that things are not perfect.
Well, they are the worst. Imagine. They err like other mortals. They occasionally misinterpret signs, symptoms, and results. They cannot guarantee perfect results under all circumstances. They cannot even repeal the Laws of Nature, or the inevitable Limits of Longevity. Physicians are not even omnipotent, omniscient, or omnipresent
Maybe we should praise our doctors and their institutions, considered many to be “the best in the world.” That may be why the U.S. introduces 80% of the world medical innovations and wins 80% of the world’s Nobel Laureates in Medicine even though we only have 5% of the world’s doctors. Maybe we should give our doctors flowers, instead of defoliating them. Maybe they should be our heroes, rather than our villains. American doctors are not miracle workers, but given limited resources and Nature’s limitations, they are damn good.
I encourage you to read Dr. Reece’s whole post. This excerpt doesn’t do it justice.
And if you’d like to give a shout out to a good doctor you know (in lieu of flowers) please comment here!
This post originally appeared on Dr. Val’s blog at RevolutionHealth.com.