Medicine: a Trade or a Profession?
September 21,2009, The Winnipeg Free press published an editorial titled “Of Light, Of Liberty, Of Learning” (http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/of-light-of-liberty-of-learning-59978307.html). The edtorial responds to a presentation made by President Barnard. Incuded in the editorial comments are the following:
“Universities are not technical schools, although they may teach things like medicine, engineering and law — in fact, they should be the places that one goes to learn those important trades”
The editorial goes on to state:
“Neither are they places where people lollygag about, occasionally reading romantic poets or discussing their adolescent theories of existentialism, although a little knowledge of both romantic poetry and existential philosophy are useful things for even doctors or lawyers to acquire.” (underline is mine)
To this point our blog has been mostly informative. It is my hope that we may explore points of view raised by this editorial, and stimulate some comments.