Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental
Print version ISSN 1415-4714
SINGH, Ajai. Modern medicine: towards prevention, cure, well-being and longevity. Rev. latinoam. psicopatol. fundam. [online]. 2010, vol.13, n.2, pp. 265-282. ISSN 1415-4714. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-47142010000200008.
Modern medicine has done much in the fields of infectious diseases and emergencies to aid cure. In most other fields, it is mostly control that it aims for, which is another name for palliation. Pharmacology, psychopharmacology included, is mostly directed towards such control and palliation too. The thrust, both of clinicians and research, must now turn decisively towards prevention and cure. Also, longevity with well-being is modern medicine's other big challenge. Advances in vaccines for hypertension, diabetes, cancers etc, deserve attention; as also, the role of meditation, yoga, spirituality etc in preventing disease at various levels. Studies on longevity, life style changes and healthy centenarians deserve special scrutiny to find what aids longevity with wellbeing. A close look at complementary and alternative medicine is needed to find any suitable models they may have, cutting aside their big talk and/or hostility towards mainstream medical care. Medicine is a manifestation of the human eros, and should not become a means of its thanatos. It must realise its true potential, so that eros prevails, and thanatos prevails only ultimately, not prematurely.
Keywords : Medicine; Eros; Thanatos; disease; prevention; cure; palliation; longevity; well-being; centenarians; meditation; yoga; complementary and alternative medicine; pharmacology; psychopharmacology.