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Title I don't know ... yet
Subject Medicine--Philosophy
Description The 44th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Peterson, Chase N.
Publisher Frederick William Reynolds Association
Date 1981-02-11
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
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Resource Identifier,1200
Source R723 .P44
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "I don't know ... yet," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description I DON'T KNOW . . . YET The first exposure of students to patients in Medical School generally occurs in the second year and is called "Physical Diagnosis." I remember we worked in pairs. After my partner and I had finished our first examination, the patient suddenly looked up and asked, "What's wrong with me?" I didn't know, and I didn't know what to say. The occasion was 28 years ago, but I have not forgotten that first moment of professional insufficiency, nor the thoughtful answer my partner provided. He said simply, "I don't know . . . yet." Intellectually honest, humanly concerned, he didn't pretend the knowledge we lacked, but promised to keep working. That expression of modest optimism is the theme for this evening's lecture. How men and women deal with their ignorance may be as important as how they use their knowledge. Yet, there is something stubborn within most of us which wants answers, even at the risk of accepting premature and unestablished ones. As recently as 100 years ago, relatively little was known about biology and earth science. We know much more today. Yet, our capacity to identify and deal with what we still don't know has as much importance to the quality of our lives, and especially to our health, as does the use we make of what we know. At the University we teach answers and encourage many questions. This paper will deal with the balance between knowledge and ignorance, the usefulness of a few simple truths, and the high cost of either investigational paralysis or uncritical acceptance of premature and untested answers in the field of health. In 1955, the story was told to medical students that more than twenty years before, Professor Fritz Irving of Harvard and the Boston Lying-in Hospital reported publicly that the science of obstetrics had discovered all there was to know about the safe and proper care of pregnancy. With some nostalgia and pride he was reported to have spoken of the conquest of the last scientific frontier in his field, forceps delivery of the new-born. The next year, other investigators discovered the female hormone estrogen, knowledge of which, together with other hormones, revolutionized our understanding and care of human reproduction. 1
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Source Original Manuscript: I don't know ... yet by Chase N. Peterson.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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