Doctors’ Feelings into Perspective : The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Some regard doctors as saintly, incapable of committing a mistake and still others may hold them guilty of unethical and heinous deeds. This diversity of views is reflected as follows:“Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it”-Ovid
The majority of us regard doctors as brutal and merciless creatures, based on the fact, that they have sometimes in their life been victims of that insensitivity. True, patients have suffered at the hands of doctors, whom they have regarded as their heroes, but unfortunately, this responsibility has been tampered with, by the same people who had claimed their loyalty to that profession and its respective duties.
Just like every coin has got two faces, a different aspect of doctors also blooms out. Confronting life and death every day, addressing hope, eradicating demoralization, resisting pessimism and fighting optimism is what a doctor does every day.
Apart from all this, he also faces the challenge of keeping himself physically and emotionally stable in such vulnerable circumstances. He is expected to keep a tight grip on himself and not flow along with the tide. To add to this, just like all human beings, a doctor aspires to earn well and upgrade his living standards. Hence, he lands himself in a mess.
Studies have shown that suicide rate of physician is two to three times higher that of general population equal to the loss of about two medical school classes yearly and drug addiction may be 30-100% more common among physicians than in general population. As such, doctor’s poor performance is reflected in the patient and he is subjected to two sorts of stresses, one which nature has brought on him and the other inflicted by his care giver. Similarly, both of the families also suffer accordingly resulting in misunderstandings and worsening of the patient’s health.
The reason behind all this muddle is that medical schools don’t prepare doctors in their training process how to deal with the patients and their own responsibility simultaneously. In order to be care givers, you need to take care of yourself first and then proceed with your career with enough calmness to serve the society in beneficial manner.
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