Thank you to Allan and U3A for asking me to give a talk on science in medicine today. I wished to draw attention to the progress that has been made. Scientific medicine has moved beyond the standard of faith that it enjoyed with alternative forms of medicine but it has failed in important areas to bring people along with it. I hope to correct or clean up some of the doubtful areas and at the same time mention some of the new advances being made. I will touch on the place of alternative medicine, diet and vitamins. I will address vaccines then issues with population health where medicine has moved away from treating the individual to treating the population.
Medicine is the art of healing concerned with the health of individuals. It consists of diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, both of the body and the mind. It helps the body and mind repair as much as is possible.
Healing is an innate function. The body has developed both repair and defensive mechanisms. As has the mind. Without a will to survive, to repair and recover the body alone is like a rudderless ship.
I hope you will find it informative.