Modern Medicine : Palliation rather than cure

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I was surprised when an old friend of mine who was a medical officer told me that he is unsatisfied with this profession. He added that the complete cure contributed by modern medicine is equal to the diseases caused by drugs. Thus net benefit is zero except in Emergency cases and infectious diseases. Although at first I denied it but upon pondering I realized that this is 100 percent true.

Although a large number of genius people including researchers and clinicians have devoted their lives in the field of medicine yet the number of diseases has not been reduced nor the total quantum of distress related to it. Diseases, and the patients, instead of reducing in numbers, are only changing in type (Singh and Singh, 2005). There is no doubt that we have increased average life, reduced infant mortality, and reduce stress by providing numerous medicines but we have not reduced the number of diseased, nor found cures for any diseases except the infectious; as also of course some remarkable successes with emergency care. Only methods to tackle infections and acute medical and surgical problems are efficient.

Mostly medical care is concerned with control rather than cure—slowing rapidly progressing diseases, calms the patient psychologically, and prolonging death. Modern medicine mostly deals with pain acting as an analgesic without providing a cure to the person, and rather proud of it. It is thought that palliation without a cure is the goal only set for cancer but this is not the case. The reality is that the medical industry only controls disease by blocking a certain pathway while underlying pathology is still there.

What medicine needs to do is drive towards a cure if the disease has occurred and prevention if it has not. Cure, however, is out of thought, because it appears impossible, and prevention is nowhere in the collective minds of biomedical researchers and opinion-makers, I suspect probably because it would ultimately make them jobless. The cure and prevention party makes only weak noises, if at all, and does not have the power to change conventional opinion.