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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 CHASE N. PETERSON Ulow me to paraphrase a witty (and perhaps imagined) observation he satirist Michael Young attributes to Lord Salisbury. It was said hat Lord Salisbury could not think of a logical defense of a certain veil and long established social principle, and, for that reason, was lisinclined to give it up!3 We should honor, Lord Salisbury or vlichael Young suggests, the inheritance of society which shapes us, lowever unconscious some of us may be of the roots or logic of that nheritance. Perhaps there lies a definition of enlightened conservatism: a mind set designed to permit us to live with incomplete or raditional answers while we search calmly for more. Will we be composed about our ignorance or frightened by it? In earlier times, there was a comfortable blend of assertiveness and passivity which was appropriate to our occupations. The farmer and he hunter each were required to exert themselves, the one in the slanting and the weeding and the pruning and the harvesting, and he other in the strategy and the cunning and the pursuit of the lunt. But each knew that, in addition to assertiveness, patience was equired. The farmer was subject to the sun. to the winds, and the ain. The hunter knew that the best pursuit often required the wait, he blind, and the passive tending of the trap. A knowledge that we have within us a core of biologic stability, *ven stronger than cultural stability, should comfort us. We awake ?ach morning with no thought for the fact that we are still breathing, itill pumping blood, and still identifying foreign molecules and organisms which have somehow reached our immune system defense. It is quite likely that we "get cancer" frequently. Cancer, ifterall, is simply a cell which is not subject to normal growth regula-ion and has, thereby, taken on foreign characteristics. The bril-iance and the toughness of our body lies with the fact that such ogue cells are routinely identified for being different and are iummarily destroyed by body defense mechanisms. Cancer on the zellular level then is likely a common process. Clinical cancer is the "datively rare exception which, for reasons not yet fully understood, "scapes our relentless and powerful immune defenses. We should be :omforted by the fact that this mechanism, like those which move 3ur lungs and pump our heart, require no conscious decisionmaking or answer-producing effort on our part. "There is (indeed) a divinity which shapes our ends, . . ." Do we concern ourselves with tiow much potassium or calcium or sodium or Vitamin C or water we Look in yesterday? Within broad ranges adults excrete from their Dodies everyday the amount of those substances they took in the day 3r the week before. These exquisite input-output balances serve us
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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 2008-07-29
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