The World of Medicine in 2025
January, 2025: I woke up to the cry of my 2year old daughter . She has injured herself as she had fallen from her bed while playing.Thanks to the ‘medibot’ I have at my home I immediately got a scan of the injured area. It also suggested some emergency first aid medicines . This reminds me of a recent incident when I had burnt my hand badly while cooking food. The handy “medikit” helped me to detect the extent of burn by just putting my hand under the “soothe relief ray”.
It made me wonderthat in 2012, only about 13 yrs ago, when I was studying in first year BScpsychology (Hons.), these minor accidents would have cost a great deal of discomfort along with a series of medical tests and expensive medicines . Injections and syringes which used to be a night mare for many in 2012 has now a day’sbecome a child’s play due to the introduction of new forms of injections which makesuse of nano technologies that causes no pain. Also with advancement of technology in the recent decades the field of medicine and health care has been revolutionised, making it a lot more reliable, preventive, predictive, participatory and personalized than it was in 2012.
From new vaccines to treat and prevent cancer / HIV/AIDS to robots operating in the operation theatres everything that seemed like a dream in 2012 is now a reality. Application of nanomedicine and mass production has not only improved the quality of life and patient care, but also has lowered costs of treatments.
Cancer is no more incurable, and along with other important biological data, the doctors are able to sequence the complete set of genome of the patients, and make valuable prognosis about his / her future health.
Doctors of 2025 unlike in 2012 have to deal with the aspect of maintaining holistic wellness ofthe patient more than with curing diseases. They are familiar both with thecomplexity of the human biological system as well as computer-based tools .
The present medical revolution has conquered manydiseases but a lot of new diseases have appeared too. Mechanical life style, isolation and highstress levels, altered cognitive ability and constant interpersonal tension and conflict has affected both the physical health as well as the mental health of people affecting their sleep and central stress pathways.
Additionally,persistent high environmental temperature due to global warming has been an unfortunate factor which has lead to the emergence of newer and more virulent forms of vector-borne diseases.
With growing population and limited resources there is tremendous competition inevery sphere. Higher rates of unemployment, economic hardships and a growing sense of isolation which has put greater stress on a large number of people bringing mental health under the “spot-light”. Therefore special focus has been turned towardsthe subjects of psychiatry and psychology which in the past was a subject of ignorance and misconceptions in manycultures. Today, in 2025 thanks to public awareness programmes, most people no longer hold age-old misconceptions nor do they feel shy to approach a mental health professional as was prevalent a decade ago.
Robotic surgery, digitization of medicine etc may have brought physiological wellness to the patients. However they don’t compensate for the psychological deficitsor psychological needs of the. In fact research has shown that a vast number ofphysical illnesses prevalent among the masses are of psychological origin. So,focusing completely on physiology of a patient and neglecting the psychological state would have prevented him/her from total relief and it would have recurredagain in future, may be in some different form directly or indirectly. The most promising change in the last decade has thus been the integration of psychological therapies and traditional medicines together with modern western medicine .
For example, the development and application of psychocardiology in the prevention, aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of coronary heart disease has reduced mortality rates due to heart problems to a greatextent.
Research had even showed that a combination ofbehavioural and biomedical approaches work better to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Lately APA has recommended HIV prevention treatment to include both medical and behaviouralapproaches for better prevention.
Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart ailments,obesity and Alzheimer’s were so complex, that traditional approaches to studyand treat them have had only partial effect. Emergence of the powerful newtechnologies, approaches, and individual measurements has transformed ourability to deal with complexity leading to discovery of a series of new drugs and approaches for complete prevention and cure.
Advancement in the technologies also meant preexisting businesses and traditional bureaucracies had to be able to respond to these waves of change by adapting itself to the changing demands. Some adapted themselves and flourished while some companies who remained static had to perish. While a host of new companies emerged to focus precisely on these new opportunities. The series of protests and obstructionswhich followed from perished companies employees were ceased with compensations, providence of new jobs opportunities, employment and inexpensive vocational training that enabled them to be able to update oneself with the changing world by the respective governments.
This revolution has not been an easy change but was earned after years of hard work of great brains, and was achieved only after a series of struggle against illiteracy, corruption and with help of an international democratic body funded by most of the nations to administer over projects, and to ensure rapid, accurate and inexpensive treatment to patients across the world. It also helped in bringing all major and minor medical institutions of the world under one umbrella to deliver best possible treatment to the patients, by the medical community spanning the globe, the doctors registered in this project are being paid by the organisation, depending upon number of patients benefitted from them.
International exchange programmes of doctors and healthcare festivals held by the governmentsin association with the organisation provides scope for the patients to be treated by doctors across the world, of one’s choice. It also promotes harmony and international peace along with letting the doctors from different nations discuss their problems and solutions along with exchanging valuable suggestions, adopting and sharing latest technologies.
In the past it was evident that, drug companies would make sure that only the positive study results of their drugs and products are to be published in medical journals, while the negative points were neglected or hidden. Along with that, unethical practices by many health professionals were also common.All such immoral practises were strictly discouraged by this international organisation by framing new set of guidelines and rules for all related to thisfield.
I was trying to figure out whether this revolution would have been possible without dedication and perseverance of millions who gave their life time effort, working day and night in this revolutionary project. Suddenly my “medibot”drove near me and woke me up from my thoughts to warn that my stress levels were increasing and that I need to take a break before I return back to my regularwork.
About the author: Chandril Chandan Ghosh is a student of psychology currently studying first year BSc. hons, in psychology at Surendranath college, University of Calcutta, India. He can be reached at: [email protected]
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