Is medicine a business?
The Ateneo School of Medicine thinks so. In fact their medical course is a double degree program wherein their graduates earn two degrees at the same time: Doctor of Medicine and Master of Management. I think this is a first in the Philippines. Check it out here.
Another medical school is thinking of offering a double degree program, too, where students graduate as Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health. They believe community medicine has not been given enough emphasis in our medical schools when in fact it is what is greatly needed in our country.
Is medicine making a living out of other people's problems?
I want to look at medicine as a way of helping people who are ill. Doctors have that extraordinary privilege. Payment received is very much welcome. But our true satisfaction should be in the fact that we did good medicine. Whether we get paid or not. (I hope none of my patients will be reading that or surely they'll take me to task!) "Doc, bakit discount lang, sana libre na lang lahat!" O_o Oh, yeah. There are all kinds of patients. ;p
Is medicine a noble profession?
What makes a profession 'noble'? Is teaching a noble profession? How about being a pedicab driver? Or a girl selling e-loads? What determines whether a profession or career is noble or not? What if your profession does not belong to the 'noble' category? Would the opposite of noble be ignoble?
3. highborn, aristocratic. 4. honorable. Noble, high-minded, magnanimous agree in referring to lofty principles and loftiness of mind or spirit. Noble implies a loftiness of character or spirit that scorns the petty, mean, base, or dishonorable: a noble deed. High-minded implies having elevated principles and consistently adhering to them: a high-minded pursuit of legal reforms. Magnanimous suggests greatness of mind or soul, esp. as manifested in generosity or in overlooking injuries: magnanimous toward his former enemies. 6. grand, lordly, splendid. 11. peer, aristocrat.
Antonyms 3. lowborn, base.Ignoble:
Synonyms 1. degraded, dishonorable, ignominious, contemptible. 3. lowly, obscure, plebeian, peasant.
Antonyms 1. honorable. 2. superior.
As for TBR 14, Doc Em, in the making... hopefully, will be posting it tomorrow.