The future is a better place
It would be an interesting exercise for each of us to add up the number of occasions on which we have heard the phrase ‘things were better in the past’ or one of its variations. As a follow-up, we could then analyse whether it was actually true.
The article ‘Things ain’t what they used to be – or are they?‘ by Christopher Woodhouse, published in the November/December 2015 issue of Trends in Urology & Men’s Health, points out the obvious conclusion that things could not have been better in the past. As was written 500 years ago: ‘…if the world were always growing worse and if fathers were generally better than their sons, we would long since have become so rotten that no further deterioration would be possible’.
In the case of urology, all aspects have, as far as the patient is concerned, immeasurably improved in the last 40 years and will continue to get better. Many of the things for which the older urologists hanker might have been more exciting for the surgeon but were dreadful for the patients.
Please contribute your views below, but if you want to extol the virtues of urological practice from 40 years ago, you had better have some very good evidence!