There’s no professional badly so vilified these days as a doctor. Allegations viz: ‘doctors continue to treat patients who are dead on the ventilator’, ‘doctors continue to treat patients even when they’re convinced of the futility of treatment’. These allegations are often made baselessly against medical personnel alleged greed for the big buck. I attempt here to dispel these allegations.
Before one stones doctors, people doing so must realize that doctors, often hesitantly, and against clinical sense, ethics and conscience are compelled to ‘flog tired horses’, as the following incident vouches for.
As part of a team of gastrointestinal surgeons, I was recently involved in treating a 35-year-old medical professional who was diagnosed with cancer of the large bowel. He was scheduled for surgery to remove the cancer-affected organ. Surgery was in vain as the cancer had spread to his entire abdomen. Things looked bleak for the youth, who wanted his doctors to ‘do something’.