Medicine and War—A Metaphor
James Childress is a doctor of philosophy and a thoughtful fellow. At a recent meeting, he suggested that war was a metaphor for medicine. Now Dr Childress has a long reputation as a medical ethicist and careful writer about many dilemmas in medicine, but I thought his pronouncement strange. He then related to me examples of the diction of medicine that illustrated his point well.
Consider the following examples:
We declare WAR on heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
Our chief national medical...