A very good friend and I were discussing the medical challenges that one of his family members was facing. She had been losing weight.
She had body aches and pains. There was a suspicious mass in her groin. She was always tired, but had a hard time sleeping. This young woman (30 something) was a mess.
First, she saw her primary care physician. An internist came next. Blood tests. NothingAn MRI, X-rays and probes and prods came up with nothing. Her father insisted that she see an endocrinologist. Nothing
Her brother runs a new age magazine. He suggested a warm and fuzzy physician. Finally something. This guy said that she had lymphatic issues (my words) and that a strict vegetarian diet and some Chinese herbs would do the trick. A psychic saw that she has an intestinal parasite.
I know, you guys are laughing. A psychic? Hey, come on! At last the psychic saw something.
I will keep you apprised on this story. The physicians shook their heads, turned their backs and moved to the next patient.
The guru guy and the woman out in the universe have actually made calls.
Then my friend said something very interesting. He is a hospital administrator and has some chops when it comes to objectively
assessing things medical.
He said, “Don’t let anyone tell you that practicing medicine is a science. It is not. It is by guess and by golly a lot of the time. Witch doctoring! A science deals in facts. These guys deal with hunches and intuition a lot.
Then he looked at me and said this, “You guys … you pharmacists are the ones who deal with facts. Pharmacy is the medical specialty that is closesr to a science than any of them.”
I agreed with him. Pharmacists have a lot of artist going on in our one-on-one dealings with patients, but we do deal with facts.
Doctor panache! Doctor at the top of a pyramid! Doctor arrogance! They actually believe that they are the captain of the ship and the rest of us are the crew. Galley slaves as Paul T says.
I tend to agree with my friend. Succinctly, a doctor at the front of their names does no necessarily mean that
always know what the hell they are doing. I’m putting this out there as fun. What do you think? Is this medical blasphemy? Heretical thinking?
I promise to let you know as the case above progresses.