KINDER, GENTLER MEDICINE

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As part of the campaign to cut medical costs, Americans are exhorted to return to the days of yesteryear, i.e., pre-high technology specialized medicine. We are asked to forego, if not forget, the benefits medicine has given us in the treatment of infectious diseases, cancer, trauma, cardiovascular diseases, the women in childbirth. In reality, our high technology, highly specialized care is the great glory of modern medicine. With astonishing speed, for example, AIDS was recognized as a new disease, the causitive organism identified, the means by which it attacks  the body worked out, as well as the way the disease is spread, enabling people to protect themselves by  modifying their behavior. The mysterious, lethal disease that has erupted on the Navajo reservation will be solved not with tea leaves but by the application of the best minds and technology. There is no disagreement that high-tech medicine is expensive, that it is at times over used, and that our examination of human values has not kept pace with medical progress. No one disputes that we, as autonomous individuals, should have the right to control use of medical science on our own bodies. But do we want this control, or do we want to cede it to some impersonal, distant bureaucracy that does not know us nor have our personal interest uppermost?

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