Medicine can be so arrogant sometimes.
How can doctors “save people’s lives” when people just die later of something else.
The latest cancer treatment announces it has reduced the mortality by half. Really. Please put the time-frame back in and say something like, “within the first 5 years after treatment.”
Human life is after all, as the saying goes, a sexually-transmitted terminal disease.
Would we be better off removing the idea of “saving” people, or of “curing” disease?
“Cure” is often a bad description. Perhaps “life-long remission” is more accurate.
And in fact “getting ill” is not correct either. In this era of genetic fatalism how about “initial spontaneous relapse” for any new illness.
The bugs and nasties are all around us just waiting for us to succumb. Modern medical theory says that cancers are already in us being cleaned up by our immune system until the day that they escape and take their opportunity to wreak havoc.
Accepting the end will come brings importance to the fact that we are here now.
Are you waiting, or are you making the most of how your life is today?
-Dr Martin Russell