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Those Evil Doctors  1

Posted on February 7th, 2006. About News and Politics, Ramblings.

This is a story that has been in the news quite a bit here, and it appears to have gone national now. A local Ob/Gyn has been jailed for raping and fondling patients. It’s disgusting – but it brings up a point of contention I’ve had with the mainstream media for quite some time.

At least ninety percent of the stories I hear about doctors are so negative. Whether they are raping their patients or harming them through malpractice, doctors are such terrible burdens on society. Just ask the dozens of episodes on Law and Order, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit or Law and Order: Criminal Intent – physicians are egomaniacal, miserly creatures who kills their patients just to harvest their organs or open abortion clinics just to force their patients into delivering babies. Sometimes they even fool their patients into believing that they are creating the perfect race and impregnate them in order to reproduce on a larger scale. According to Grey’s Anatomy, when a patient suffers trauma and is clinically brain dead, why not use his organs for an important hospital official who happens to need a new liver?

Doctors sacrifice tremendously to achieve a license to care for patients. Four years of college, four years of medical school (during which we place ourselves into a large amount of debt and study ridiculously to succeed), followed by residency – and I┬áthink I have written enough about the stresses during this time period. The demands on us are great – patients insisting on family meetings at two o’clock in the morning, families not understanding that, when I cannot get to them exactly at noon as we had planned, it may be because someone’s blood pressure is 53/28 in another part of the hospital and is nearing cardiac arrest. If I hear one more “bad doctor” story I’m going to scream.

I went to a meeting in September of local Democrats, and at least an hour was dominated by discussion of how they should not vote for a bill to cap generalized “pain and suffering” damages in malpractice cases, which quickly degenerated into opinions about lousy doctors and how patients should have all of the rights. It was nauseating to sit there.

Enough rambling for one day – time to catch the bus.

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