This caught my eye: I have blogged similar sentiments, but it seems Churchill said it first. It is not Churchill at his best - he was 73 when he wrote it - and in the rambling first sentence there may be a sign of the dementia which afflicted him in his last years.
I have been inclined to feel from time to time that there ought to be a hagiology of medical science, and that we ought to have saints' days to commemorate the great discoveries which have been made for mankind, and perhaps for all time - or for whatever time may be left to us. Nature, like many of our modern statesmen, is prodigal of pain. I should like to find a day when we can take a holiday, a day of jubilation, when we can fete good Saint Anaesthesia and chaste and pure Saint Antiseptic.
Immunisation, anaesthesia, and antibiotics are the big three for canonisation; and a fourth saint should be created for the host of benefits vital in special cases, such as the obstetric forceps, diuretics, and hormones, to name just three.
But the highest honour should be reserved for Saint Morphine the Merciful.
'Twould ring the bells of heaven their wildest peal for years, if Patriarchs would turn away from theology to call for thanks for medical science, for medical scientists, and for the human faculties of observation and analysis which deliver such great benefits.