Denial and the Medical Profession

Denial is a useful way to make sense out of life by ignoring things that spoil the orderly understanding you have developed. In the medical profession, the flood of new discoveries is particularly overwhelming making denial of new breakthroughs an all too common historical pattern. When Pasteur advanced his theories about tiny bacteria as a cause of disease he was ridiculed and ignored for decades because his ideas forced a rethinking of virtually all of the then-accepted principles of medical practice. It is much easier to ignore discordant data than to deal with it.

Twenty years earlier, Ignazius Semmelweis discovered the relationship between hygiene and puerperal fever. Though he could show that this disease of women after childbirth could be avoided by proper sanitation, he was ignored by his profession. While a million women died in childbirth, his advice was ignored by most doctors. His disappointment, and the frustration at being rejected by his profession while women continued to die like flies, eventually drove him to the madhouse.

The degree of mind-body interaction suggested by Grossarth-Maticek's work requires nothing short of a paradigm shift to assimilate it properly. His experiments show that preventative medicine, in the form of correcting unhealthy attitudes, could make a more significant difference in potential lifespan than most of the drugs in use today. By replicating his experiments in a massive and completely defined way, I hope to hasten the day when the medical profession will fully embrace this new understanding.


Copyright 1997 Thomas R. Blakeslee. All rights reserved. Revised: November 23, 2003.