Even though the medical community thought the Lees were doing everything to worsen Lia’s condition by stopping all medication, the reasoning behind their actions shows otherwise. During Lia’s critical condition the Lees had decided to go ahead with withdrawing her medications even after being informed of the possible dangers of doing so, “Nao Kao demanded that Lia’s subclavian line to be removed, and all her medications discontinued. Parents understand that the antibiotics are fighting a severe infection and that without medication Lia may get her infection back and die sooner. They understand that once we remove IV, a new line will NOT be replaced” (175). Although it sounds bad to want to put an end to the medication Lia was receiving, the Lees seemed to think that Lia was so sick she might die, and wanted to stop treatment because they thought the medicine is what was killing her.
Marmar Tavasol Word Count: 815 The Right to End Suffering Mrs. Brown, a patient with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) should have the option to end her life prematurely or to stay alive and suffer tremendously from a disease that is bound to kill her. Based on the readings and lecture in class, it has become apparent to me that choosing to die by withdrawing medication and choosing to die by taking medication follow very similar reasoning. On the paper Story of Teresa & Terrence - The Established Medical/Legal View, a parallel description of the reasoning that is followed for each case is shown, making clear the logical differences of each patient. In my opinion, the differences in the two cases of Teresa and Terrence are trivial at best. Both patients are choosing to die and taking deliberate measures to do so by changing the routine(s) of their treatment.
In the essay, The Devil’s Bait by Leslie Jamison, Jamison emphasizes her paper about Morgellons Disease. Throughout her essay, Jamison introduces the urgency of the disease by going to a location that is known to have many people asking the doctors to believe them. The reason Morgellons Disease is an urgent topic that must be discussed is because many people feel like their voices are not being heard and ignored. Many have a disease whom they see as needing emergency treatment, however they are being told it is their brain playing tricks on them. The rhetor is compelled to speak about this issue for it gives those whom she interviewed a sense of voice and a call out to doctors to be more understanding of their patients.
Sometimes, dementia may have similar symptoms with other psychiatric diseases; however, medical specialists have developed a complex system to identify this illness. National Institute for Neurologial and Communicative Disorders and Stroke-Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association define dementia based on the following criteria: 1) decline in cognitive functioning; 2) low score on the neuropsychological test; 3) neuropsychiatric dysfunction in minimum two cognitive areas; 4) absence of delirium (Zahdi and Ham 59). The first criterion is crucial. In order to obtain the detailed history of decline in the patient’s cognitive functions, the specialists should interview a person who has known the patient for a relatively long time and can share detailed information about the person’s cognitive disabilities and the time they started. Such cognitive dysfunctions may include
No one suffers the rigors of medical school because they don’t care for people. So what happen to the funny, understanding, and caring doctors? What happen to the compassion? Medicine is defined as “the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease”. However, medicine is not exclusively an application of science, but is a combination of science and human compassion.
Other enabling factors or advice from others were behind such behavior which are attributed to low patient awareness about his disease and his trust in the local health care efficiency which account for about 25% of causes of seeking medical care abroad. It seems that a substantial part of such behavior (not necessarily unacceptable) stemmed from some kind of unmet patient expectation and satisfaction. Regarding explanation of the disease condition, symptoms and discussion of management by the doctors to the patients, though the figures in our study are very high, but might be biased by the low knowledge of patient about what should he or she know about his or her disease and what are his or her rights in decision making about the management
It’s ... sacrilegious.”’When it comes to something as serious as medicine, people are desperate to pay whatever they can for it, which leads to the idea of exploitation and how people are always in a constant wander for the newest products. But rioters like Jimmy’s mother was killed for speaking out, the government had full knowledge of what they were doing, so to have people go against it can lead to a potentially serious
Common Sense: Page 6; those things that everyone knows are true. Mary knew that once she was told that he was a healthy carrier of typhoid that she should get treated or at best placed in quarantine. But she refused to except the fact that every placed that she worked that people were coming down with typhoid. Even though she washed her hands before handling food, people were still contracting the infection and dying. When the authorities’ traced the infection back to her she refused to believe what she was told.
It was in my brain, and if I didn’t stop it, I would die. After the doctor said that I had a tumour, I promise you that I could feel it. Calmly, my options were explained to me: I can fight it, or run from it. Of course, my oncologist wanted me to be treated, and explained how chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or surgery could help me. Physically, I might have been in the office, but in my mind I was a thousand miles away.
She would rather not speak at all than to be judged on something she said. The fear of saying something others deem “stupid” constantly plagues her mind. Hiding who you really are is a sad way to live. You can’t really enjoy life this way. So why wouldn’t be able to change this?