You know the old adage, those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it? Well, this is nothing new, folks. In The History of Medicine book that the boys and I are reading, you can see this happening in the earliest times of medical history. Galen wrote medical books with very little study of the human body because dissecting the human body was not allowed in his time. Later his book was used for many years and considered the authority. Even when viewing the insides of the human body contradicted it, teachers would refuse to acknowledge the errors. Evidence against their previously held belief was not enough to cause them to question the man they had set up as the "authority".
"If the corpse and the book don't agree, then the error is in the corpse! No one would dream of doubting Galen."
Then a man came along with the courage to change that.
...the grip of Galen's dead hand upon medicine will begin to weaken. It won't happen without a fight!"
A man named Vesalius fought that fight and he realized the trap they had all fallen into.
"They had repeated Galen for so long it had blinded them to the true facts."
Sound like Darwinism to me. I think Darwin's dead hand on science is beginning to weaken...but it's not going to happen without a fight. And this film is a part of that fight!