Good medicine has the potential to transform lives for the better. in Britain the NHS is something people are fiercely protective off, and the whole area is one resistant to criticism. This institution saves and improves lives. its compassion is humanity at its best.
But a brief look at the history of medicine reveals paradoxes the main one of which is the contradiction between hospitals as a source of power and hospitals as a source of hope. The likes of Foucault see the hospital as a physical imposition of will, with its roots firmly embedded in the history of power. Most people view the hospital as a necessary place, that is sometimes needed. Few question it because it is linked to positive outcomes which improve the lives of individuals.
But this shouldn’t be the case. Appearances can be deceptive. For some, particularly the elderly, the hospital can be a source of oppression.