At the intersection of drugs and technology lies a fulcrum upon which healthcare can reconnect to a broader sense of the human condition beyond its own or drift further faraway from what it means to really look after others. At this epicenter are driving forces, conscious and unconscious, potentiated by the linear algorithmic world of medical education and practice, which preclude true consent and thus empowering patients and caregivers to measure pursuant to what they hold sacred.
Influenced more and more by technological advances, an inherent fear of life’s ambiguity (lacking a sensible understanding of truth physiologic arc of life manifest as a fear of clinical failure thanks to limitations of medical education/training), and economic pressures, medicine faces the atrocity of undermining the principles of non-malfeasance and beneficence. Reclaiming or losing our own humanity depends on whether we acknowledge the necessity to vary how we perceive life and therefore the delivery of medical aid throughout its entirety.
If we step faraway from acknowledging this, even for an instance, we are likely to lose sight of what it means to be human. If we portend to believe that technology without rigorous moral and ethical scrutiny against perhaps the best frailty of humankind – the will for absolute certainty or, put differently, fear of the unknown and living during a world of ambiguity (which is actually what life is), – if we enter that realm, then technology will falsely appear to approach the impossible of having the ability to beat and even control the very nature of life itself.