what doctors are like.

Richard Kerr kerrr at CRYPTIC.RCH.UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Mon Apr 13 22:45:22 EST 1998

At 20:22 13/04/98 GMT, you wrote:
>>The moral in the story, be patient with your treatments, realise that
>>your doctor doesn't know everything ( even if he/she hasn't realised
>>it yet), contemplate how dangerous medicine has become in some
>>areas, and could become in the future. Finally if worst comes to
>> worst you are on your OWN to deal with everything, a lot wiser than
>> you were, but it's no consolation prize. 
>Carol, this is all common sense....Doctors are the same as everyone else,
>some good, some bad, some egotistical etc...they only have power over you if
>you give it to them....it's called informed consent..they are often stressed
>by time (as are all of us) and need to be chased occasionally. Despite this,
>most people (including doctors) know that they do 10 % of the work and
>>>>>nature does 90 % of it.
>if you have had a bad experience with a doctor or maybe more than one
>doctor, get a referral to someone else or chase up these poor examples of
>humanity and tell them that they are not giving you good service or report
>them to a disciplinary body.
>little stories that belabour points do very little good<<<<<

>How can you be so sure of this?

I am as sure of it as I can be, given my personal experiences (across 3
continents and the first and the third world), the experiences of those
around me and what I read (and the experiences of the authors). If you are
wondering about the closing "little stories that belabour points do very
little good" then I draw your attention to the previous sentence.

As far as "Am I right, rather than am I sure"...try this example: I will not
know if the sun will rise tomorrow morning.  It has risen every other
morning (at some stage) for a very long time. I am sure it will rise
tomorrow morning, but I will not know if I am right until then.  I am sure
of my post however if you want to explore the validity of my premises and
the soundness of my argument and conclusion, then don't hold back.

hear from you

Richard Kerr.
The Murdoch Institute,
R.C.H. Flemington Rd, Parkville, 3052,
kerrr at cryptic.rch.unimelb.edu.au
Phone (61) 3 9345 5045.
FAX   (61) 3 9348 1391.
'The most interesting things about vertebrates occur in the neural crest.'
	Peter Thorogood.

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