All of us on HU and other forums see doctors, some of who are good, some bad and some indifferent.
I have just come out of a meeting with an inspirational doctor who has reminded me, as well as our group, of the modern hypocratic oath and I quote a small part which he said inspires his work which I think may be pertinent to share with you all:-
"I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug.
I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient's recovery."
Perhaps when we meet with doctors who do not offer us these qualities we might remind them of their oath?
I, and my group, found it very reassuring that 'medicine' is really about humanity and as well as science. Perhaps we need to remember this and offer humility and thanks as well as critiscism to those who do help us in our hour of need.
Perhaps we need to have a patients' oath? I wonder what that might look like?
Just a thought to ponder on............