How I practice medicine has gotten better because of technology.

In the future I don’t see any pandemics, cancer will become a diagnosis of the past, and much of our body will be bionicly readapted and life expectancy will easily increase to over 100.

Some of these seem far away, yet we are within decades of most of them coming to fruition. But can technological progress be less than greed? I have already seen this happen.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I used to ride Red Cars. Yes, it is hard to believe that the city historically had the largest electric railway system in the world! What happened to it?

Rumor has it that the tire manufacturers wanted an expansion of the freeway system in collusion with the auto industry, which eventually happened, increasing their profits, and the Red Car was discontinued in 1961.

Los Angeles and surrounding communities are now suffering from road congestion, pollution, time delays and fuel consumption, while LA Metro is ramping up its effort to develop public transportation. The previous rumors may be true.

From a medical point of view, could there be technology that is being hidden to the detriment of patients? In fact? Do you mean that greed can be hidden in the medical field?

I am suffering from hip arthritis. Stem cell research is still in its infancy, but we have now been able to mimic joint synovial fluid in the lab, so in future I may inject it, providing a cushion for my arthritis.

Can’t the medical-industrial complex let this happen and put this technology on the backburner?

Joint replacement, especially of the hip and knee, is a big money maker for hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation facilities and manufacturers of metal, ceramic and plastic joint implants. That’s billions of dollars they won’t give up, especially if unlimited synovial fluid can be made from stem cells, which requires a simple injection.

So my question is, if greed is what holds us back, how much progress can be made in the field of medicine? Will progress continue for the next century, instead of a few decades, resulting in a slowing of the pace of improvement in our quality of life?

It is up to the public to recognize the greed inherent in society and human nature and then do something about it.

The prevention of epidemics and cancer and the improvement of the quality of life must be preserved for the coming generation of children and grandchildren.

Therefore, we must make sure that every effort is made to keep greed at bay.

Dr. Jean Dorio

Saugus


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