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Why do we expect doctors to have all the answers?

Friday, December 21, 2018

I just read an article about a doctor misdiagnosing an 8yo with partial paralysis. Telling the parents that the child was just trying to get attention since there was a new baby in the household and that the mother was over-reacting due to her own lack of sleep. According to the article this was an ER doctor. The child was eventually diagnosed and treated for AFM.

I often read articles like this and wonder why...why do we as patients expect doctors to have all the answers? Medical science has made GREAT strides, but it is still called a medical PRACTICE. The diseases are many....the treatments are a life-line.

When we think about blood-letting, that was considered a valid treatment a century ago, we consider it barbaric, foolish, and life threatening. A hundred years from now, how will medicine consider the current treatment of cancer with poison.

I am in no way saying that we should not seek medical treatment. I am just musing on the thought of why do we expect the men and women who practice medicine to have all the answers? AND Why do the men and women who practice medicine think they have all the answers?

Just thinking.....
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    I find that doctors are valued members of my health team - keeping the emphasis on TEAM. I research my symptoms, read about alternative and natural treatments, discuss them with my doctor. I also seek second opinions and specialists when necessary, try some herbal and alternative supplements, and eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water, exercise and try to live a balanced and spiritually rich life.
    658 days ago
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    I agree with you 100 % since my 30 year business was connected to the medical world. I like specialist as a general doctor is limited. Even then they cannot get it right all the time. They are human and medicine is not an exact science.
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    873 days ago
    doctors need to be interviewed by us before we trust them with our lives. make sure questions are asked about the way the diagnosis problems are they open to really listening to the patient and not lump them aa text book patients

    873 days ago
    My GP is not the brightest - okay for colds and ordering blood work, etc, not much else - but he is quick to refer you to a specialist - for anything. So I guess that works out!
    874 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Very good point, that is why there is the option of getting a second opinion. Diseases are numerous and new ones come out every day. And most doctors are working grueling hours, how do you expect to keep up on everything. That is why we have GP and Specialist.
    874 days ago
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