Way back in the old days when doctors made house calls one doctor took care of the whole family. We trusted him as though he knew everything. The medical profession kept us uninformed about our medical problems. Unless you could read medical books which were in Latin there was no way for patients to learn about their illness. We had to trust our doctor and follow his orders like he was God. (I say he because I didn’t know of any women doctors, though I believe there were a few.)

     When we saw the doctor, he looked in our mouth, our ears, both sides of our hands, listened to our chest, and hit our knees with a little hammer no matter what the problem was except for broken bones. If he gave us a prescription we took the medicine without question, even though the bottle had a picture of a scull and crossbones on it.  Practicing medicine back then was truly an art.

      Today we have a different doctor for every part of our body who hardly looks at us. When we go to the hospital there is an entirely different group of doctors we must see. In the hospital we are connected to machines with plugs and needles. Through the needles and tubes blood is drawn and/or medicine injected. Doctors, technicians or nurses look at us through electronic machines that may picture our insides, or a machine that spits out paper with markings on it for them to interpret.

      Now doctors write books for us to read…lots of them. There is medical information on the television and computer (much of it tucked in-between ads). Now we– the sick patients are supposed to know enough about our care to see that the medical profession does everything right.


About Ruth Silnes

Ruth is a lifelong illustrator, painter and a published author of three books. ''You and The Arts,'' is an Ebook (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27676) and is a softcover. At this time, it can be bought online at www.RuthSilnes.com. It explains why the arts are of vital important to civilization. It is written for teachers, travelers, artists and art critics.
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