What I find striking is that so many of the incremental advances in medicine -- those that will lead to more predictive and preventive care -- will depend on future investment to both test the validity and reliability of new information as real products. To quote Robert Solow many if not most innovations need to be embodied in new kinds of ..... equipment before they can be made effective. Improvements in technology affect output only to the extent that they are carried into practice either by net capital formation or by the replacement of old-fashioned equipment by the latest modelsâ€¦â€
Of course, that process of commercialization requires profit, risk taking, marketing, industrial-academic relationships, patent protection. In short, everything need to make this world a better place through technological advancement most of what I will call the Whack Pack either opposes, makes money critcizing or suing.
Now nothing's perfect and change is constant. Compassion, trust and honesty should inform all social relations. But to suggest ridding science of commercialism will bring about a better and brave new world is...in a word, whacky and dangerous.