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Why Doctors are so important

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,891
One thing that I often read about here is that the patient is unhappy with their doctor. There could be numerous reasons, but I think if I was to summarize it, it would boil down to the patient feeling that their doctor does not care, that they haven't properly been evaluated, and that they are not giving the pain medications that they want.

I have a number of close friends that are in the medical field, doctors, nurses, technicians and more. As with any profession, there are the good ones and those that you want to stay away from.

But you have to analyze that for the right reasons. Because a doctor is not telling you what your problem is even after all your tests prove negative or that your doctor isn't prescribing the highest level of narcotics is NOT the right reason.

What makes a doctor?

First they need to be in the upper level of their classes even to get into a medical school Then after that only the cream of the crop are taken, the person goes through a number of years of grueling work and study. They become Interns and residents. They work at hospitals, many times 48 to 72 hours straight without sleep, ready to help anyone that needs them. This goes on for many years. For most, its not until they are in their middle to late 30's do they start to seem some light.

But even then, they are faced with enormous loans to pay for all their schooling. So perhaps by the time they are 35, 37 or later, then begin to make some decent money. But think about that, many others have gone through school and graduate school and have began earning decent salaries at a much younger age.

There is no question, I respect doctors. But that is not a carte blanche respect. It still needs to be earned. Just because a person goes through all those years working hard, does not guarantee them that they should be respected.
wikipedia said:

The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine honestly.
The actual oath
wikipedia said:

I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:
To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art; and that by my teaching, I will impart a knowledge of this art to my own sons, and to my teacher's sons, and to disciples bound by an indenture and oath according to the medical laws, and no others.
I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.
But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.
I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.
In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or men, be they free or slaves.
All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.
If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all humanity and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my life.
You have to read that once, twice or more to fully understand its meanings. No where does it say that a doctor needs to give a patient narcotic medications because the patient wants them. Nor does it say that after all formal diagnostic tests prove to be negative for a patient, that they need to tell their patient something is wrong, only because the patient wants to hear that.

We, the Spineys of the world depend on the medical field to help us. Without them, who knows where we would be. I am grateful for any one that has dedicated their lives to help others. We need people who will make those sacrifices, the same way we need soldiers to defend out countries, fireman to help in disasters and policeman who look after our well being and safety.

I had put out a thread about a month ago trying to get input from members regarding what is it that they look for in a doctor. I would still love to here more from What do you look for in a doctor
Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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