This is William Tyndale. He is being burned at the stake. His crime? Heresy. What he did was to translate the bible into English so that people outside the church could read it. Worse he printed it so that it was more accessible still.
The church needed to control access to scripture, because their authority depended on the church being the expert in control of how the bible was interpreted.
We are now at a similar point in medicine. No one is being burned at the stake or even persecuted but what is a secret is the data in our patient file.
We are entering a new phase of health and life, where control will shift from the institution to the person. We can see this pressure build up now in education. The institution is disconnected from the realty and the budget of the people.
The same is true for medicine. There is an epidemic of chronic illness that medicine has not been able to halt or reduce. 70% of illness today is caused by how we live. Our health is literally in our own hands. No doctor can force us to eat differently, be more active, stop smoking or drinking. No doctor can help us leave toxic relationships or jobs. Only we can do this. Only if we also have help from others like us. The expert has no role in this area of health. The result is a system that has a huge cost burden and does not have the outcomes that we need. It is a mirror of what we face in education.
What is emerging is "Citizen Medicine". It will be like "Unschooling" where the citizen plays the central role. In Citizen Medicine, we create our own health profile. We find out where our risks lie. We seek advice for how best to reduce these risks. We own our own health data. We work to improve how we live.
And our family doctor? She becomes a health facilitator - an advisor and a gateway to other areas of health that are acute. Just as a teacher might play the same role in learning. Some doctors are moving to this role. See the link below to Wellx.
Want to know more? My book, You Don't Need Medicine to Be Healthy is a good start.
Meanwhile, in Canada, you cannot get your health file. It belongs to your doctor.