My first course in medical school was an odd one.
Professors asked us this question: "What is your definition of cure?"
I thought to myself, what is this place? That's easy. "Cure is the absence of disease after successful treatment of the patient."
I raised my hand and shared my thoughts.
The professor seemed pleased; however, I didn't realize he was pleased because I fell right into his trap.
Professor then asked me: "What is the absence of disease?"
Frustrated and wanting to pounce on him, I simply reversed my statement. "The absence of disease is cure."
He smiled even wider.
I cannot tell you how irritated I became.
Who is this guy? Why are we having a class on defining the word cure in medical school? What is the point? Tell us how the body works, how diseases work and then how to fix it. That's medicine.
His questions burned in my head and his smile as well. I knew my answers were incorrect and wholly incomplete; yet, I didn't know how to answer the question; nor did anyone else in the ...Read More