More Medical Horror Stories
I watched two more horror stories about the failure of so-called modern medicine last night on The Learning Channel.
One guy went to his doctor for over two years, complaining of nausea, abdominal pain and blood in his stool. He bled so badly one night he passed out in his bathroom from loss of blood. The doctor ran various tests and concluded that hemerhoids were the cause of his medical problem.
After his symptoms grew worse, he finally found a doctor who knew what he was doing and conducted a colonoscopy (colon examination with a tiny camera.) A cancerous tumor the size of a GRAPEFRUIT was found and it had spread through the colon wall.
Because of the two-year delay in treatment, the guy was very lucky to survive. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer and yet the first doctor never tested for it.
In the second case a teenage girl periodically got attacks of a mysterious condition that made her sleep for days. The girl's parents took her to several different doctors who ran every test they could think of and all the results were negative. They concluded the problem was psychological and recommended that the girl be treated with anti-depressant drugs in a mental institution.
Fortunately for the girl, her parents didn't believe the diagnosis and continued to search for a doctor who might find the real cause. It turned out to be a rare and untreatable neurological disorder that afflicted adolescents and nearly always disappeared on its own after the victims reached their 20s.
All of this reminds me of what happened to my mother. At age 74 she underwent exploratory abdominal surgery and the surgeon was shocked to discover she had only one kidney. After a lifetime of medical exams and X-rays, not a single doctor who treated her had noticed this obvious congenital defect.
The program commentator remarked that the vast majority of doctors will fail to make a correct diagnosis if the medical problem is not a common type they see all the time. Instead, they will practice "guinea pig" medicine and subject the patient to one wrong treatment after another and wait to see what happens.
This is unconscionable and smacks of 18th century medicine when doctors used leeches to bleed sick people and drilled holes in the heads of the insane to "let out" evil spirits. At the time doctors didn't know about germs spreading infectious diseases and because they seldom washed their hands, many of their patients died from infections.
Guess what? The number one cause of death in hospitals today is infection resulting from doctors and hospital staff failing to wash their hands and spreading germs from one patient to another. "Modern medicine" has gone backwards in many ways.
What do you call the dumb medical student who graduated dead last in his class at medical school?
"The earth was made round so we can't see too far down the road and know what is coming." -- Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa