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Medical Suffering

The relief of suffering and the cure of disease
must be seen as twin obligations
of a medical profession that is truly dedicated to the care of the sick.
Physicians' failure to understand the nature of suffering
can result in medical intervention
that (though technically adequate) not only fails to relieve suffering
but becomes a source of suffering itself.
--Eric J. Cassell

QotD: Medical Suffering - INTERESTING TIMES

Thank you to liveonearth.

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heliopausa
Nov. 1st, 2015 03:30 am (UTC)
Good quote! Thanks.
bobby1933
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:45 am (UTC)
:)
vaporw
Nov. 1st, 2015 04:31 am (UTC)
I agree that it is a twin obligation for physicians. I also see where they have to be careful so people don't get addicted to medications.
bobby1933
Nov. 1st, 2015 06:56 am (UTC)
Yes. But i see that as only a small part of the problem of medically induced suffering. I looked up Dr Cassell and made note of another thing he said. He practiced medicine for 37 years and loved everything about it -- but he doesn't like hospitals as much as he used to. I don't know what he meant by that, but hospitals have become giant corporations where the idea that the patient's needs come first is often claimed but rarely implemented because serving individual needs is not something that bureaucracies can do well if at all.
vaporw
Nov. 1st, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
I think we can agree on that point.

I also believe that people can heal faster in the comfort of their home, providing they don't need the care of heightened care givers.
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