Also, he never claimed to be a representative example.
He merely said *he* was an example where the professionals were useless and the church helped.
As somebody who wanted to be a doctor (I didn't make medical school), I have a *deep* distrust of modern medicine. Only deepened by my knowledge of medical history and what I call "the arrogance of the modern" - the belief that we are so much cleverer than our forfathers.
Just read some old medical books as far back as even the 1600s. About the only real advance we have is technology that makes surgery safer and easier, and antibiotics (an advance we are in real danger of throwing away soon).
The arsenal of knowledge they had 400 years ago hasn't been improved that much at all! Indeed, the arsenal of knowledge they had 2000 years ago sometimes exceeds todays!