Is medicine more than good public health?

Is medicine more than good public health?

Like all good speakers, Doctor Kelvin Kong began his speech to the National Press Club with a simple story. It began with a child in primary school, happening to be Indigenous, and highly disruptive in class. Here, Kong's voice faded off, and the audience imagined the obvious trajectory that can rapidly swallow such lives: failure at school, few job options, and uninterrupted spiral into alienation. The kicker? Well, the boy's problem didn't turn out to be his sociological background after all. Kong, an otolaryngologist (a lovely word I've wanted to use in a column for a long time - it simply means ear, nose & throat surgeon) realised the young boy simply couldn't hear properly. In fact, and probably because the child was so remarkably clever, nobody had earlier picked up on the fact that his problem was so simple. At this point, the story takes on all the attributes of a fairytale - except that it actually happened. Correct diagnosis, an operation (at this point Kong beamed) and today the boy is at the top, not just of his …
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