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The Lost Art of Health Care

First few Article Sentences

“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill

The Age of the Gladiator

A long time ago on Planet Earth, health care practitioners drilled holes into the skull to cure illnesses (trepanation). An even longer time ago, the same profession employed leeches or simple cuts to the vein as a means to rid the body of “bad blood” (bloodletting). Not so long ago, mental health practitioners severed connections in the brain’s prefrontal cortex to treat psychiatric disorders (lobotomy). All three examples underscore the ways in which health care employed medical science as much as it relied upon art. While the scientific process was largely responsible for advances in health care over the centuries, artistic moments defined miracles, eventually known as epic innovations.

Garner, Craig B.


Op Ed

October 13, 2023

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