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?