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One of the most dangerous fallacies is our over-reliance on metrics and our neglect of things that can't easily be measured, like compassion. And medicine also suffers from the illusion that empathy can be taught, that doctors can feel what their patients are feeling. This is, the author writes, self serving and deluded.Seamus O'Mahony writes about the illusion of progress, the notion that more and more diseases can be 'conquered' ad infinitum. He punctures the idiocy of consumerism and the idea that healthcare can be endlessly adapted to the wishes of individuals. On "Can Medicine Be Cured?", O'mahony excoriates the claims of Big Science, the spending of vast sums on research follies like the Human Genome Project.
About the Author
Dr Seamus O’Mahony is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Cork University Hospital and graduate of UCC. He has published extensively in the fields of endoscopy, coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease, and was awarded the MD in 1991. O'Mahony is associate editor for medical humanities of the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and is a regular contributor to the Dublin Review of Books.