Medicine without morals?
Nursing emergencies, shortages of family doctors, late appointments, overcrowded outpatient clinics, supply bottlenecks at pharmacies, hectic schedules in practices and hospitals: such shortcomings are a daily reality in medicine. These are stages of a fatal economization process and ways out of it are necessary.
There must be again a creative medicine turned to humans, in which not only the symptom, but the ill humans stands in the center.
From the past to the present and certainly into the future, it becomes clear how medicine is always a part of social changes as well.
For more than 30 years, in his Berlin Kiez practice Dr. Erich Freisleben around patients of all ages, ethnicities and social classes.
Moving biographies and personal experiences have made him certain: the human being is more than just his body and trust in the family doctor as a companion of all life crises is priceless.
Diagnosis and therapy of a crisis
He sees medicine and health policy on a fatal wrong way. Abstract schemes replace the holistic view of the person and his illness, which often calls for correction of the course of life.
And an overflowing bureaucracy incapacitates the doctor by absurd obligations to justify and eats up the urgently needed time for the overcrowded waiting room.
Mandatory training sessions often turn out to be promotional events for the pharmaceutical industry, whose lobbyists reach deep into the Ministry of Health.
Universities teach dogmatically the pure orthodox medicine, promote specialist careers and discredit the holistic view as esotericism. From this point of view, the classic family doctor’s office is a less lucrative chatterbox.
Medicine without morals – Relentless, warning and open to new things
“Medicine without morals“is an unsparing stocktaking of the present, a warning of the future, but also a look back to better times, when experience was still appreciated and the system was open to new influences from psychosomatics and naturopathy.
Today, the patient should not even be allowed to choose the medicine that suits him best. The farewell to Hippocratic ethics has long been heralded.
With the courage of a sharp thesis, Erich Freisleben ultimately even draws a connection between the dystopian future we are heading towards and the darkest years of German history: Where man is reduced to his biology and science is declared the sole idol, an icy coldness lurks.
The book also offers solutions, however, on three levels! On the one hand, through many case studies, it enables readers to recognize in themselves the connection between illness and life situation, and thus to choose treatment paths that go beyond quick medication.
Dr. med. Erich Freisleben
Medicine without morals
Diagnosis and Therapy of a Crisis
Freya Publisher – 1. Circulation 2020
hardcover – thread stitching – 432 pages – format: 15 x 22,5 cm
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About the author
Dr. med. Erich Freisleben, born in 1949 in Lower Saxony, father of six children, studied medicine in Kiel and Berlin and completed his residency in internal medicine at Rudolf Virchow Hospital in Berlin.
He has been practicing as a general practitioner in the Berlin-Wedding district for 35 years. He earned his doctorate in historical medicine on the subject of racial hygiene and racial ideology, served for eight years as a delegate to the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, and published articles on health policy issues.
In 2006, together with colleagues and two hospitals, he founded the “Netzwerk Ganzheitsmedizin Berlin gGmbH”, which also contracts with health insurance companies. In it acts as a medical director and oversees new models of care.