Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Osler's Warning - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

It is preposterous indeed
that medicine today does not
concern itself with health promotion,
it does, instead, go overboard
with illness interventions,
many of which do make things worse.

Sir William Osler warned us not
to intervene when man is well,
but that is what we do today!
Medicine does not believe
in the idea of wellness.

Each person is considered ill
unless proved otherwise
by use of funds that can be commandeered.
It is a paradigm prostitution.
Routine check up is currently
a major industry, it is presented
as if prediction of the future
could entirely depend on it.

Comments about Osler's Warning by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (9/12/2005 8:43:00 PM)

    It is very sad that it seems we look to become sick when we really are not....good write! (Report) Reply

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  • (9/12/2005 8:19:00 PM)

    And it is most frightening to the lay person who depends on good advice. Thanks so much for this poem-commentary, Herbert. I'd like to slam it on my doctor's desk.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 12, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, May 21, 2010

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