The team agreed to meet in two weeks for the preliminary report and beginwork on a plan design. Two years later, the second meeting had only been half done: the preliminary report had been given. Work on plan design never cameto fruition, at least not with the “treatment team”The initial researchers dwindled down to two and eventually became one.Assumption #1 above had been found to be correct but numbers 2, 3, and 4were within the initial two weeks found to be completely incorrect. Medicalpractitioners were indeed trained highly on the digestive tract and treatment(often very eﬀective) was primarily through this system. However, unbeknownstto any team member during the ﬁrst meeting, these medical practitioners notonly had science, a scientiﬁc method for approaching problems and suggestingsolutions, but they also had a very well developed sense of anatomy, physiology,metabolics, urology, phlebology and were able to use their “science” to generatecomplex diagnoses for complex disorders. Two years later, one of the originalteam members was able to apply this ancient science to the original task of “dietmodiﬁcation” with great success. This ﬁnal team member continues to utilizethese methods on the job and continues studies in this particular ﬁeld of science,not so much because there is so much more to learn in the ﬁeld (which thereis) but because the ongoing clash of the two systems continues to reveal to himmore and more about the inner workings of his own mind.The application of Galenic medicine in the modern era is extremely diﬃcult.Diagnoses must be “translated” into modern terminology, which is not impossiblealbeit somewhat diﬃcult, but the justiﬁcations necessary to modern hospitalsettings are almost if not completely impossible. Talking about humours andthe proper movements of humours–normal and abnormal, temperaments andfaculties of organs, faculties–animal, vital and natural, radical moisture andinnate heat which need to be balanced through the four administering virtues of attraction, retention and expulsion. The problem, however, is not the system; infact, if anything, the system works great. It is very logical leads to very speciﬁcdiagnoses and very speciﬁc treatments which rarely fail to produce the desiredresults. The clash of the two completely systems is very diﬃcult to resolve.It is a rare individual who can suppress 9 years of training in a modern sci-entiﬁc ﬁeld and all the while suppressing a lifetime of information regarding howdiseases are caused, passed on, treated and or prevented, one who can suppresscommon knowledge about the common cold which can be found everyday incommon places like a grocery store book section or a corner newstand. Ignor-ing assumptions like bacteria and virii are the cause of disease and picking up “new” assumptions such as “the imbalance of normal or abnormal humours is thecause of dyscrasia” is not a simple task because the subconscious chimes up atthe most inopportune times “
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is the known cause of this type of pneumonia?
Total suppression of a lifetime of experience is probably impossible and compartmentalization of the informationsets
possible except there are always those little subconscious “bleed-throughs”for the subconscious mind is no respecter of the artiﬁcial borders of set by theindividual to isolate the information sets. In fact, the subconscious mind wasthere, probably smiling, during the border-setting ceremony.3