Doctors lose out to pharmaceutical and tech companies
The “art of combat” gave way to the “science of combat” which evolved into nuclear, chemical and biological warfare. The fight has become brutal and naive, leading to more collateral damage. In all modern wars, civilian casualties are colossal. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear holocaust that ended WWII is a testament to the potential for disaster when the Longsword goes out of control and assumes nuclear properties.
Moderation through the astute use of the shortsword is necessary to save humanity from extinction. Easier said than done. The arms race transformed the short and long swords into a single sword of Damocles hanging over us, threatening the extinction of life on earth. Powerful and invisible forces have considerably reduced the autonomy of the private soldier. He no longer has the option of choosing swords. Commercial interests, political influence, and the arms trade have destroyed the art of warfare. Similar identity crises are facing medicine today. It is one of the oldest arts but the youngest science, softer than the hard sciences, rich in possibilities and promise, says Siddhartha Mukherjee in his book, “The Laws of Medicine. an uncertain science “. Unfortunately, it is also increasingly marketed. As in combat, in medicine, commercial interests, political influence and pharmaceutical companies increasingly restrict the autonomy of physicians. Diseases and pandemics are seen as opportunities to follow Winston Churchill’s saying: âNever let a good crisis go to waste. “
The world today faces a double challenge. Arms race and pharmaceutical race. Both need speed bumps and traffic lights. Mankind should introspect itself in advance rather than after a catastrophe like the nuclear holocaust in Japan which made Albert Einstein regret his suggestions on atomic research, with the words “Woe to me”.