Luke Niebler

The Doctor Is In (Your Head).

Luke Niebler

Q: Can someone explain how to be a doctor real quick? 

 

A: Becoming a doctor begins with creating cultural space within which a “doctor” can perform a useful function. In the West, “doctors” and the field of “medicine” began centuries before our contemporary medical system became totally codified. In fact, we can see that the Greeks—though they had doctors—did not have “doctors” in our contemporary sense.

 

In order to become a “doctor,” one must be appropriated by the medical division of the body, transforming into a contemporary High Priest, able to dole out penance and grant boons (for a fee). Western medicine—growing out of medieval Christian doctrine—begins with the supposition that the body in always-already flawed. The job of the doctor is, ultimately, one of inquiry, probing into the intimate, unspeakable depths to ascertain exactly HOW the particular body is flawed.

 

The “will to confession” Foucault discusses leads to just this medicalization. The ultimate basis of the psycho-medical is the insatiable desire in the West to reveal and analyze secrets through the purifying force of the confessional, which has been transferred to the doctor’s office. We have been conditioned to drop trou and give up all of our deepest secrets whenever we see a white lab coat.

 

So how does one become a doctor? Through over a thousand years of relentless interrogation. 

(Courtesy of Yahoo!Answers)