We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Its a business vocation. My wife, a D.O., despairs sometimes at the direction medicine is going and hopes to exit the profession if it becomes worse. It may become a technical service industry with the mainstay provided by nurse practitioners and other midlevel providers.
Reads like being "technical" ranks somewhere below the "priesthood". Betcha $5 the doctor wont come out and play. It's been my observation that BD, Gwynnie, The Barrister, News Junkie, Bruce, etc. (sorry if I missed someone) will defend their assertions to some degree. DJB, rarely. And on the few occasions, will not stay engaged.
Will not come out and play. Remember the post our priest did about patients showing up for an initial consultation and then not returning for a second visit? They are the losers, the irresponsible, the ones who will never get their lives together.... on and on she went in manner hardly befitting a Priest of Psychiatry.
It never dawned on her that the patient may not have liked her.
The last post about the "high standards" of the profession, describing the board certification process was creepy enough without this priest thing. I wanted to ask if this board-certified shrink (I checked it out and called the board myself...she's also a 9/11 conspiracy nut) was an example of their high standards, or if somehow just this one slipped through.
Hate to admit it, but I just noticed the title of this post:
The secularization of Medicine - Maggie's Farm
1 denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis : secular buildings | secular moral theory. Contrasted with sacred .
2 Christian Church (of clergy) not subject to or bound by religious rule; not belonging to or living in a monastic or other order. Contrasted with regular .
So, does the Priest want to turn medicine into religion? I don't get it. Why secularization? Medicine is science - therefore, secular. Can you imagine a doctor or Priest of Psychiatry refusing to see you if you're a non-believer?
In my college electrical engineering classes I remember only two other students who actually used their spare time to build circuits. These two were actually interested in electronics, and came to university to study engineering because they thought it more efficient than teaching themselves. They also thought that the credential might open doors to get them a job where they could do what they had been doing anyway, but for pay.
I asked some of the others why they had chosen EE, and they told me it was because of the job prospects and income potential -- they had looked at placement rates for the various disciplines, and decided (late '80's) that engineering was the best choice for their program of study.
I think the word priesthood above is not meant to bring in any suggestion of the supernatural, but to lament that in the past many if not most who became doctors did so because of a calling -- a strong desire to help others. This would be in contrast to careerism/the desire to benefit ones own economic and social status.
Not that social status is a bad thing, and if we really want quality care we should hope that those caring for us are paid better than the average thespian.
'Technical' are us Proles who didn't go to that college that Mr. B. didn't want us to attend. You know, the ones who if we didn't show up to work someday the world would come to a sudden screeching halt.
Been to a few parties with doc's in attendance. Wife is a nurse you know. Doc's are always fascinated by the fact that complex airplanes are very similar to complex bodies. And that we both use similar techniques in diagnosing problems and solutions.
I liked to think of my days as a healthcare worker as being skilled service moved by a moral commitment to my patients' well being and sustained by my salary, not as working for my salary. But being an ordinary sort, I needed (still do need) the salary so I could do what I would otherwise do for free. By God's grace or a lucky throw or good choices, I have spent most of my adult life earning a living by doing what I wanted to do anyway. Some are as fortunate as me that way, many much less so.