A plug for the Lucidicus Project

January 5, 2009 at 5:54 pm (Uncategorized)

A few months ago I came in contact with the Lucidicus Project, a group that aims to provide philosophical training to medical students in capitalism and individual rights. Its director, Jared Rhoads, writes regular editorials aimed toward political issues facing physicians. In addition, it freely gives away The Medical Intellectual’s Self-Defense Kit, a collection of books and articles by Ayn Rand and others, to anyone who asks for it.

I got around to reading Atlas Shrugged over the course of my surgical sub-internship last year and now I can see why some of my readers have compared me to her. The book is set in a period of worsening economic conditions and missteps that the government takes in currently the problems. I caution you that reading Atlas Shrugged is not for the faint of heart. At more than 500,000 words in length, you’re going to have to be dedicated to finishing it. But for anyone looking for a new novel to work through this year, I highly recommend it.

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2 Comments

  1. Ben said,

    Hmmmm.

    People interested in Ayn Rand, objectivism, and libertarianism, probably should not become doctors. I’m all for doctors learning about economics and learning to live below their means, rather than constantly feeling they need to make more and more money to support their consumption lifestyle. But this is a field for the “practice of medicine”, not the “business of medicine”. People interested in entrepreneurship and business should never, ever go to medical school but rather look into an MBA or starting their own business (and no, a medical practice should not be mistaken for a “small business”).

    Half M.D.: You’ll change your tune once you get through med school (if you are considering a career in medicine). I’ve seen the biggest socialists in my class talk about how much they’re going to make after residency. You don’t work this hard to “live below your means.” If you don’t think that medical practices aren’t small businesses, then what are they? And who are the people that work there?

  2. fizzlemed said,

    All of healthcare is a business. Ben, you’re a little silly if you think otherwise. I actually think ALL doctors should take business classes. Managing your staff to make the best use of your time and resources, minimizing cost, maximizing care, etc. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have a for-profit insurance system in existence, though.

    More on-topic… I recently started reading Atlas Shrugged at the urging of a friend (with an undergrad philosophy degree). It is intensely long, and I’m a little intimidated. Hopefully I can knock it out over spring break….hmmm…

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