Re: Medicine: a partnership of trust and faith
Doctors proudly declare themselves scientists. But is this really true? Although science is based on the scientific method of predictability and reliability, healthcare is often unpredictable and unreliable. Perhaps healthcare is, in part, a faith-based religion, in which the doctor (priest) inquires about symptoms (sins), offers sympathy (forgiveness), makes a diagnosis (blessing), prescribes a bitter pill (penance), and performs a procedure (baptism), in order to cure (save) the patient (parishioner) of sickness (guilt), reverse disability (damnation), restore health (grace), and ensure longevity (heaven). Faith is the science of conscience and prescience.
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