Stavia I agree with you, but wish you were wrong. Greed and power always wins in the end and I am afraid it would be more of the same. Great book.
J11 you impress the hell out of me with the effort you put into medical technology. Human DNA, RNA, coding, decoding is a very tough and touchy subject.
Susan the smartest people I know, were not the most successful people I know for sure. In fact in medicine rarely the best. In research labs definitely some brilliant people that are making great strides in medicine. As practicing physicians, usually terrible. I am talking about the super smart. Not saying all of them, but most that I knew at UCI Medical Center were horrible at patient care. Bedside manner sucked, no patience, not compassionate, and most importantly did not really listen to the patient. I will never forget that.
I did Genetic research for 18 months and did rounds with the MD researchers. They were brilliant at reading labs, doing differential diagnoses, reading X-rays, MRI's , figuring out meds , looking at the chromosomes, DNA, RNA, contraindications, etc etc. Then we go into the room and the communication with the patients was missing, could not explain in simple terms the treatment plan, sort of dictated care, and let the patient or family speak for a very short time and left.
I would be speechless. They would go to the Doctors station or Nurses station and I would sneak back in the room and answer what I could. So unethical of me, I was not a doc. I would obviously not give medical advice or do anything with meds, just talked, showed compassion, and listened mostly to their concerns. Patients loved me and would ask for Dr. Frank all the time.
Finally I got written up and sent to the head Genetic Researcher at UCI. He asked me what the hell I was doing and told me he should kick me out of the program. After I explained clearly what I was doing, he winked at me and said " Frank, I feel the same way. These guys are brilliant and make shitty doctors" Love story short, I went to work for his lab, studying rare Genetic conditions. His patients were mostly children. Heart wrenching, sad, but if you did not have compassion these kids would not open up to you. Rounds with him; completely opposite, guy was brilliant, but had the compassion and heart to match. Loved that guy.
Moral of the story and agreeing with Stavia, brilliance does not guarantee that you will do what's is best for society or medicine. Some might, most would be so smart they would see all the angles. In the perfect world J11, I would love it as much as you. I think it is still a long way off.
Just a simple guy in Hawaii,