Konrad Laker

Konrad Laker is studying clinical medicine at University College London. He completed his pre-clinical studies at Wolfson College, Cambridge and previously read philosophy at UCL.

Against the Idea of ‘The Cure’

The hope for a cure, a renewed absence of disease, is still one of the central legitimizing forces in the project of medicine. The promise of a cure inspires hope in patients and motivates doctors and researchers. But is it really a useful concept for guiding medical research and assessing the success of medical treatment? Konrad Laker argues that with the emergence of modern medical practice, the term may do a great deal more harm than good, unless fundamentally rethought.