Why do we need a unified philosophy of medicine?

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The philosophy of modern medicine is based on the scientific method but does not emphasize the unique and complex features of the human body. Thus it fails to explain many chronic conditions and illnesses.

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"It is easy to hate, and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, while bad things are straightforward to get."

Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, politician, and philosopher. By Simran Khurana (Updated March 18, 2017)

Medicine has extensive professional literature, documentation of history, many methods, treatment protocols, and advanced technologies, but these are not a philosophy, but at best, just a tactic.

Sun Tzu was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War. Does his philosophy relevant for modern medicine? The human body has quite a few enemies, some from the inside (lifestyle & nutrition) and some from the outside (pathogens). We are in a constant state of health preservation. Only most of us are unaware of it. The application of the strategies formulated by Sun Tzu is very relevant to modern times, but for that, it is necessary to write an entirely new philosophy of medicine.

 

In the absence of a philosophy of medicine - medicine has no compass. If you do not know what you are looking for, you will never find it!

Is there a unified philosophy of modern medical science today? Surprisingly, the answer is "No."

I brought below some quotations to reinforce my arguments.

 

Is there a need for a unified philosophy of medical science? The answer is definitely "yes."

The medical field in the 21 century is a war zone dictated by modern lifestyle. Would the human race allow itself to enter a difficult war without a strategy? I guess not!

Link: Conventional modern medicine vs. Self-Healing medicine

  • The confusion between symptoms, causes, and catalysts, which leads to fighting the symptoms, is, in my opinion, part of this trend, " medical philosophy is a field for philosophers."
    • Symptomatic treatments cannot cure the patient, as they do not eliminate the causes of the disease.
  • Advanced biochemistry and other technological instruments do not reveal all the secrets of the body, mind & spirit.
  • The internal distinction between alternative medicine and functional medicine also requires deeper philosophical thinking.
  • To know the correct answers, we have to understand what we are searching for.
  • Medical philosophy should be above the biochemistry involved. 

 

Why do we need a unified philosophy of medicine?

 

Without general relativity (theoretical physics), GPS navigation devices would not be accurate at all!

All life sciences have mathematical regularity with formulas. There is still a need for a philosophical layer that defines the boundaries.

  • A significant part of physics is theoretical physics, without which we would not develop new products and services.
  • Paradoxically, Chinese and Indian medicine thousands of years ago, with no knowledge of anatomy, physiology, or chemistry, developed medical philosophy, parts of which are still helpful today. They are not up-to-date and do not qualify as stand-alone medicine in the 21st century. But at the level of philosophical thinking and balance between body, mind & soul, they were very advanced for their time.

 

Examples of several medical topics on which a philosophical discussion can be conducted. (Sometimes also empirical research)

The examples I have given may seem banal, but they are critical to understanding future medicine. (Many other diverse philosophical issues can be raised)

The connection between Body, Mind & Spirit.

  • Is the body just a physical entity, or also a physical-energetic combination? There is a duality between matter and energy in the science of physics. Is it also valid for medical science?
  • What is the connection between body, mind, spirit, how it works, and how it is manifested?
  • What is the explanation of the placebo effect?

Does the body sometimes act randomly? (Immense implications) 

  • Is it possible to describe all the physiology of the body using mathematical models?
  • Does Nash equilibrium exist in the human body?

Medicinal and invasive medicine.

  • If drugs are incapable of curing chronic diseases, how (if at all) can drugs be expected to extend life expectancy dramatically?
  • Why, despite all the technological means and advanced drugs, is chronic morbidity only steadily rising?
  • Why has medicine failed miserably in finding a cure for cancer? The philosophy of cancer.

Other & futuristic topics.

  • Can one expect a unified and uniform explanation of all identities and sexual orientations?
  • What will the medicine of the future look like? Is it a combination of drugs and advanced invasive procedures?

Why is it critical to distinguish between the symptoms, causes of the disease, the catalysts, and the illness triggers?

  • Can a symptomatic treatment be effective, and under what conditions to treat chronic diseases?
  • What is the definition of physical pain? Is it only related to endurance or involves other objective metrics?

Is there a common denominator for all types of addictions?

  • Are addictions just a biochemical phenomenon, or does it also have other hidden dimensions?

What is inflammation?

  • Why chronic morbidity often outbreaks at around the '50s
  • Does sweating have more underlying functions beyond body cooling?
  • Infection vs. Inflammation. Is there a difference?
  • What are the four types of fatigue?

 

Summary & Conclusions.

Is there a unified philosophy of modern medical science today? Surprisingly, the answer is "No."

  • Medicine has extensive professional literature, documentation of history, many methods, treatment protocols, and advanced technologies, but these are not a philosophy, but at best, just a tactic.
  • Is there a need for a unified philosophy of medical science? The answer is definitely "yes."
  • The medical field in the 21 century is a war zone dictated by modern lifestyle. Would the human race allow itself to enter a difficult war without a strategy? I guess not!

 

In the absence of a philosophy of medicine - medicine has no compass. If you do not know what you are looking for, you will never find it!

 

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