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Origins and legacies
An orthopaedic surgeon might have the same skills as a carpenter, but bone and muscle were and are regarded as being made of stuff importantly, if mysteriously, different from pine and plywood. Bone and flesh build boxes for souls. Mess with the boxes and you could affect the soul. That gives physicians and surgeons awesome, high-priestly power.
The accountability of medicine’s high priests Priests are a set-apart caste: they are expected to behave better than the hoi polloi. All priests serve in temples. Those in the temples dedicated to divinities are answerable to the divinities; and those (the doctors) who serve in the material temples of the human soul (by rummaging around inside chests or by putting leeches on limb stumps) are answerable to the body owners, or to the society that represents them. But there is a problem about such accountability. If you’re an inaccessibly high priest-if your work is beyond the ken of the people to whom you’re accountable-how can accountability be real?
“The balance of power in Eurasia, the great question which forced the United States into two world wars and a long cold war, largely disappeared from American policy thought.”
The End of History Ends
The American Interest
2 December, 2013
Walter Russel Mead
A preocupação pelo desgaste do poder dos Estados Unidos foi exposta com bastante clareza pelo politólogo americano Walter Mead, no texto intitulado “The End of History Ends”, publicado na revista “The American Interest” na qual é editor, em 2 de Dezembro de 2013, afirmando que as tentativas do presidente americano para se afastar dos compromissos da administração do seu antecessor têm fortalecido a China, o Irão e a Rússia que denomina de “potências centrais”.
Becky, who is 10 years old, lives with her parents and an older brother Sam in a suburban town in America’s Midwest. Becky’s father works in a firm specializing in property law. Depending on the firm’s profits, his annual income varies somewhat, but is rarely below 145,000 US dollars ($145,000). Becky’s parents met at college. For a few years her mother worked in publishing, but when Sam was born she decided to concentrate on raising a family. Now that both Becky and Sam attend school, she does voluntary work in local education. The family live in a two-storey house. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms upstairs and a toilet downstairs, a large drawing-cum-dining room, a modern kitchen, and a family room in the basement. There is a plot of land at the rear – the backyard –which the family use for leisure activities.
O vírus que mata 90 por cento dos doentes chegou à Europa numa garrafa térmica em 1976. Há cerca de 40 anos, um jovem cientista belga viajou para uma parte remota da floresta do Congo com a tarefa de descobrir porque tantas pessoas estavam a morrer de uma doença misteriosa e aterrorizante.
Em Setembro de 1976, um pacote com uma garrafa térmica azul havia chegou ao Instituto de Medicina Tropical em Antuérpia, na Bélgica. Peter Piot tinha 27 anos e, com formação em medicina, actuava como microbiologista clínico. “Era um frasco normal, como os que usamos para manter o café quente”, lembra Piot, actualmente director da Escola de Higiene e Medicina Tropical de Londres.