Why not Nobel prize for clinical science ?
Nobel prize was constituted to reward people or organisation who make a huge impact on the welfare of man kind. It is given in various categories for outstanding contributions in Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physiology or Medicine, and Economic Sciences
Unfortunately, there is a strong bias towards raw basic science when it is given in the filed of medicine.Do you know ,there is no Nobel prize exclusive for medical science ? It shares with human physiology the only field included for Nobel prize in medicine.
Evolution of human history reveals it is not the stunning scientific discoveries that impact the mankind . It is largely dependent on how we use them . It is true and natural ,invention of sub atomic particles , decoding quantum mechanics and trans-cellular signals always generate great interest than others.
In medical science, time and again we have seen problems arise in applying fruits of scientific research into practical usage in the patient domain in the bedside.
What is use of rewarding inventor of nitric oxide with a Nobel prize , when billion-dollar nitrate industry is thriving on a non existing life long indication of stable angina .
It is surprising to note , Nobel committee does give credit to wisdom & intellect while awarding prize in peace, literary or economic sciences. For some reason it lacks such a vision when it comes to medical sciences !
We have seen Nobel prize being awarded to organization that strive for peace and welfare of society and community like UN ,EU etc.The world health organization is the premier power supposed to provide and regulate the health in this planet.I do not recall any time WHO was close to considered for the Noble prize in medicine !
Nobel committee rewards economists who point out lacunae in vital world macro and micro economics theories.
Dubious men(Heads of state ) are decorated with Noble peace prizes for preventing a war in one geographical area while doing exactly the opposite elsewhere !
In this modern millennium where scientific pursuits are contaminated and many of the research questions are misdirected or irrelevant , Nobel committee needs a through rejig in the manner in which medical Nobel prize is being awarded. We know ,Noble’s death wish was to award the brightest mind with highest scientific breakthroughs in those world . . . but
I guess Alfred Nobel if alive would have changed his rules .He wouldn’t have imagined modern science would systematically devalue common sense and reinventing it would also deserve an award equivalent to Nobel !
Some of the medical discoveries that deserve noble medical prize
- States which excel in school health nutrition and other basic health programs for the downtrodden
- Doctors who promote bed side clinical skills
- Tobacco eradication networks
- Organisations like medicine san-frontiers which strives for basic life saving medication for all
- Journal houses that specialise on Medical ethics and clinical sciences
- Medical professionals and institutions provide value education
- Medical economists who expose the wasted financial resources that widen the gap between sick and rich
How about Nobel prize in cardiology for preventive cardiologist who successfully terminates a million statin prescription and restoring natural exercise directed lipid regulation in them ?
How about Noble prize for a noble physician sitting in corporate hospital infested with all commercial ingredients who could resist and argue successfully against inappropriate tonsillectomies and appendectomies ?
I am sure , such a man will be a laughing stock for most of us !
An appeal to Nobel committee
It is a wish , Noble prize in medicine is to be included for people who do yeomen services in preventive and clinical care and professional who carry forward the legacy of caring for the sick with clinical application of available scientific wisdom !
In this scientifically obsessed world , It will be a new beginning in the way future medical research will be directed and nurtured ! Only then the true power of Noble prize in medicine will be realised !