Re: virus: Shaman

Tim Rhodes (
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 12:29:57 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 16 Aug 1997, Reed Konsler wrote:

> Advances in medicine and science were a result of information
> technology, communication, and surplus...and only incidentally the good
> will and professionalism of Doctor.

Talking the other day to a medical professional that had left the field
because of his dissatisfaction with the institution (not the practice), he
noted that, "If hospitals could show better profit (and collect it) from
patients that die than from patients that live, our health-care
institutions would become death-care institutions over night."

This isn't an indictment of hospitals or the health-care industry. Just an
acknowledgment that the primary job of *every*institution* is self
preservation and growth.

(Including CoV!)

-Prof. Tim