I think the medical profession is heading for a fall. And it may be a very precipitous fall.
They’re all so arrogant. And the more senior they are, the more arrogant.
I first noticed it with Sir Charles George, head of the BMA and BHF, when he called for a public smoking ban in Britain, and I wondered who the hell he thought he was, to call for something so drastic, and so draconian. Didn’t he realise that he was calling for an entire culture to be swept away? How arrogant of him!
But it wasn’t just Sir Charles George. Next it was Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer of England, who according to many reports at the time threatened to resign if the government didn’t extend its proposed limited smoking ban (limited to pubs that sold food) to all pubs. The governemnt did as he demanded, and he didn’t need to resign. And he stayed in place to oversee various other medical fiascos. Who the hell did he think he was, to foist a smoking ban on absolutely everybody?
And now we’ve got Dame Sally Davies, who has been telling people to think about cancer when they contemplate having a glass of wine.
Do as I do, think about cancer before you have a glass of wine, says chief medical officer
Dame Sally Davies urges the public to follow her example, and think about the risks of cancer before deciding whether a glass of wine is worth it.
What a horrible, miserable, poisonous woman! Who does she think she is? Does she think that she’s some little tin god whose every word we’re all supposed to hang on? Why the hell should we think about cancer? Has she offered equivalent advice to go with eating cheeseburgers or fish and chips?
And before them there was Sir George Godber, another Chief Medical Officer who was out to vilify smoking in every possible way.
The American medical profession seems no different, with illustrious figures like Surgeon General C Everett Koop.
Did any of these people make any contributions to medical science? Did any of them win Nobel Prizes? Just exactly what did they do that gave them such oracular powers?
As far as I can see, most of them did nothing at all. They just all seemed to share the same belief that, once they had qualified as medical practitioners, they had become unquestionable authorities.
But trust and faith is something that must be earned. It doesn’t automatically come with the job title, be it Surgeon General or Chief Medical Officer.
And I think they’re spending the accumulated prestige of the medical profession – slowly built up by Pasteur, Jenner, Snow, and others – like young men gambling away the fortune that their hardworking parents bequeathed them. I think they’re going to find that the respect with which they were once held has been frittered away.
And they’ve been making a lot of enemies for themselves, as they call for bans on this and that and other, heedless of the effects of such restrictions upon millions of people.
It’s not just smokers who’ve been their victims. For these days they have extended themselves to alcohol and food as well. Hardly a day passes without another imperious edict being handed down from above. In Proverbs 16:18 –
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
And aren’t these people all so haughty?
And aren’t they all so proud and self-important?
And haven’t they moved away from the primary purpose of the medical profession, which is the care of the sick and infirm? What business is it of theirs to tell perfectly healthy men and women how to live their lives? Which part of their medical training allowed them to appoint themselves the moral guardians of humanity?
They defame smokers. They defame drinkers. They defame fat people. There’s hardly anyone they haven’t defamed.
And that must mean that just about everybody is as thoroughly sick of them as I am. And when they need friends, they’ll find they have none.
I don’t know when it’s going to happen, or how it’s going to happen, but I’m sure it is going to happen. Because it’s happened before. It happened around 1500 when the arrogant, haughty priests and bishops and popes of Rome started getting rich by selling indulgences, and people like Luther and Calvin and many others became filled with contempt for them.
Something very like that is going to happen to the current, rampant, globalised medical profession, whose popes and bishops are all these busybody Chief Medical Officers and Surgeon Generals and Director Generals of the World Health Organisation (that seems to be their Vatican).
Many of them seem to have become sales personnel in the pharmaceutical industry, peddling one brand of snake oil or other.
A few more Harold Shipmans and Joseph Mengeles might do the trick. But it’s all going to come tumbling down sooner or later.