Open Thread Friday
Awareness is growing that the business of health care and individual health desires are not working towards the same goals. This past week health related issues have been included in a diary or discussion nearly every day.
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It can become overwhelming to view the scope of the problem our nation has created and look at possible players, obstacles and solutions. At the same time our own health issues and those close to us need to be managed, prevented, improved or cured.
I find it helpful occasionally to reflect on a similar set of issues yet unrelated to the current problems. It helps me sort out what are unique issues to the situations and those that are universal human issues that will continually need addressed by us and future generations.
Chinese medicine is an indigenous culture of medicine that was not completely destroyed by a foreign occupying nation. There has been a systematic growth of knowledge, practices and specialties over several thousand years of the civilization. At times of national internal unrest practitioners have migrated to different parts of the world, hidden written documents in graves or kept as close family knowledge through multiple generations.
Various thoughts on the practice of medicine were written by Hsu Ta-ch'un, a Chinese physician, 19 years before the United Sates became a nation. Our first medical university Johns Hopkins Medicine was still 136 years in the future. Where classroom lectures were supplemented with the addition of bedside teaching at the University hospital, laboratory research and the scientific method became a standard part of training for American physicians.
Forgotten Traditions of Ancient Chinese Medicine. Translation by Paul U Unschuld of The Hsueh Yuan Liu Lun of 1757 by Hsu Ta-ch'un
Nothing can be done about the fact that inequalities exist between physicians of higher quality, but as long as [those of lower quality] devise [their therapies] as carefully as possible, and act with utmost care and caution, they will not necessarily kill their patients. If, however, all types of irregular and deceptive practices are added [to lower quality], tremendous damage must result.
Some [physicians] create strange prescriptions to delude the masses. Some use drugs like [jen-]shen and [lu-]erh, supplementing one with heat, to please the rich and noble. Some pretend to apply prescriptions from immortals or Bodhisattva in order to cheat the uneducated. Some make lofty speeches and offer queer doctrines to impress the world and steal themselves a name. Some fabricate false classes and illegitimate teachings, this way deceiving the people and startling the ordinary man.
Or, they know very well that a certain illness they are presented with offers no difficulties, hence they falsely claim it to be another illness in order to demonstrate unusual [skills}....
Physicians whose training is insufficient may still avoid harming people as long as they are able to follow proper principles. And if they are able to remain modest, and if they attach great importance to studying, their knowledge will progress everyday and each of their therapies will result in a cure. Hence their fame and reputation will increase and many people will seek [their help] as a consequence - with riches following them. If one only searches for nothing by riches, one will miss both fame and riches. Why do the physicians increase their own problems by neglecting one and going for the other?
Open Thread traditions thoughts on any issue.