The world and its inhabitants will face a multitude of problems in the
21st Century, including drug addiction, deadly disease, violent crime, warfare
and hostility, hunger, and homelessness to name a few. All of these critical
issues have been present to some extent in the 20th Century and, left unsolved,
will continue to plague society and mankind as we enter the new millennium. As
we rapidly approach the next era, new issues of equal or even greater importance
for mankind will almost certainly arise. I personally envision health issues,
concerns related directly to medicine, as the central, most critical and
comprehensive problem facing leaders of the 21st Century.
In my opinion, physicians and others associated with the medical
profession will participate in one of the most vital and urgent roles entering
into the new era. This is one of the reasons that I intend to pursue a career
in the medical field after I graduate from The University of Tennessee. Of all
occupations in the next millennium, medicine will be perhaps the most important
and influential in combating the problems of mankind and in solving them.
People in the field of medicine will continue, as they have in this
century, to address and participate in almost all concerns. For example,
methadone is currently being used as a therapeutic intervention for some drug
addictions. In addition, various medications are now being given in the
treatment of criminals, like anti-psychotic drugs to curb aggressive or violent
behavior in schizophrenics. A new and improved group of antidepressants is
also being used to treat and reduce the growing rate of suicide in all ages of
our society. Because a very high percentage of homeless people suffer from
psychological problems and/or drug addictions, doctors may also eventually play
a larger role in prescribing medication for these individuals. Concerning
warfare that may be present into the 21st Century, the... [continues]
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