The More Things Change

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI:
The More Things Change

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With new forms of medicines coming into play, real money is now flowing elsewhere. The change can be real, or it can merely play itself out in people's heads. It either pulls the entire population towards it, or a part of it. But this part, also is a substantial part. The part of the population that is not attracted towards it is the part that resists change and clings to the preexisting. This chapter poses the question as to what are the factors that make people resist this change. The answer lies in the fact that people feel safe inside the cage of convention and yell out their horror from within. The momentum of molecular, biological medicine is what is so horrifying. This chapter concludes by posing a question whether it is possible to interpret the relationships and cognitive dynamics of the present from a proper distance.

Keywords: new forms; medicine; change; cognitive dynamics

Chapter.  438 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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