El corazón hueco de la ciencia médica

¿Por qué a los neurocientíficos, biólogos moleculares, genetistas y biólogos del desarrollo –hombres y mujeres cuyos descubrimientos cambiaron para siempre la manera en que nos entendemos a nosotros mismos- los inquieta tanto su futuro? La crisis de moral entre los científicos médicos de hoy no surge de problemas económicos, ni del estado de desarrollo en el que se encuentra su profesión, ni del nivel de investigación que se está llevando a cabo, sino de la incapacidad de estos científicos para organizarse en comunidades humanas apropiadas.

La baja moral resulta de una escasa amabilidad y decencia; es una deficiencia de hábitos y costumbres, una pérdida de objetivos sociales, una disminución de la capacidad o la voluntad para distinguir lo correcto de lo erróneo y luego actuar debidamente. En su origen, la baja moral es apenas una consecuencia de la indiferencia de los científicos médicos que, ocupados en sus laboratorios, permiten que los cimientos sociales y emocionales de su profesión se pudran a sus pies.

La vulnerabilidad de las ciencias que se centran en el cuerpo y la mente humanos reside en la obligación que tienen todos los científicos de observar sus sistemas desapasionadamente. En estos campos, la falta de pasión requiere que el científico médico ignore su propia vulnerabilidad de cuerpo y mente. La tensión que implica intentar satisfacer este criterio imposible de curiosidad desapasionada sobre el propio destino impone una distancia intolerable entre el científico del cuerpo y la mente y el cuerpo y la mente del científico. Bajo esta tensión, los investigadores médicos son susceptibles al sueño de que sus instrumentos y procedimientos los hayan liberado, de alguna manera, de las limitaciones de sus mentes y sus cuerpos.

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