Article #2: Physician Heal Thyself – Part 1
The frequency with which medical specialists die of the very diseases in which they specialize speaks volumes to the thinking person. If a physician specializes in diseases of the heart for twenty or thirty years and develops heart disease from which he dies, how can such a man be expected to be able to prevent or “cure” heart disease in his patients?
If he does not know enough to save himself. how can he save you? If members of his own family sicken and die of the “disease” that he has made the object of his specialty, hat can he do for the members of your family? Is it not about time we demand of these men that they prove in their own lives and in their own families the value of their much boasted “science”?
Heart specialists die of heart disease, lung specialists die of tuberculosis, cancer specialists die of cancer, asthma specialists have asthma, hay fever specialists have hay fever, neurologists become insane—what kind of a science of medicine is this that is good for everyone but its practitioners?
Here is a case in point. It is taken from the New York Times:
HEART ATTACK KILLS HEART SPECIALIST, 56
Dr. John M. Cassidy Stricken While Attending Patient
JERSEY CITY, N.J.—Dr. John M. Cassidy, a specialist in diseases of the heart, was stricken with a heart attack at the bedside of a patient here yesterday and died within a few minutes. Dr. Cassidy was 56 years old and lived at 1913 Boulevard.
He was born in Paisley, Scotland, and his family emigrated to the United States when he was a boy. He received his early education in the United States and in Scotland, a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University and a degree from Bellevue Medical College, from which he was graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
For fifteen years he was a lecturer on the staff at Bellevue Medical College and for twenty-eight years he was on the staff at the Greenville Hospital in this city. For several years he was associated with Dr. John Wycoff, New York heart specialist.
With all his education, all of his degrees, his connections with famous institutions and his wide experience, he did not know how to care for his own body in a way to keep it healthy and strong. What good is all his store of knowledge, if it cannot be used to help him live?
The sober fact is that he had very little knowledge. He knew a lot; but we would repeat the question that we believe was asked by Josh Billings: “What’s the use of knowing so much if what you know isn’t so?” This physician had accumulated too much canned ignorance.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Choosing A Hospital
- 3. Dangers Of Hospitalization
- 4. Let The People Beware
- 5. Health Advocate
- 6. Your Rights
- 7. Abbreviations
- 8. Nursing Care
- 9. Food
- 10. Drugs
- 11. Tests To Accept Or Reject
- 12. Chemical Feedings
- 13. Surgery
- 14. Intensive Care Unit
- 15. The Emergency Room
- 16. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Is Medicine a Fraud? By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #2: Physician Heal Thyself – Part 1
- Article #2: Physician Heal Thyself – Part 2
- Article #3: Good Drugs
- Article #4: Good Medical Attention by Dr. George E. Crandall
- Article #5: Blood Transfusions by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton