Well, my conception of the worst of medicine is the notion of a complete check-up. I think one of the most heart-sinking moments for the modern general practitioner is the young person who comes and sits down and says, “Doc, I need a complete check-up.” And the idea of the complete check-up, the idea that people who are in peak of health need to see a doctor in order to be reassured that they’re in good health symbolizes the tyranny of health among society and the degradation of medicine that that entails. The problem that the complete check-up symbolizes is the idea that to be healthy you need to be living your life in constant vigilance against threats to your health and to maintain a constant level of surveillance over your body and its activities and to submit yourself regularly to medical inspection and investigation in order to guarantee your health.
The Worst of Medicine: Obsessive Healthy Living | Michael Fitzpatrick
Published August 10, 2016 | Best in Video