One example of how our STEM fields desperately need the influence of the humanities: it’s dehumanizing to doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals to put up with the expectation that their professional detachment can protect them from the human toll of caring for the sick. Our health care system seems masterfully built to grind down both doctors and patients.
Good read – this hit the NYT about a week ago. I’m behind. 🙂
The most draining aspect of medical training, it turns out, is not long hours, brash colleagues or steep learning curves — it’s the feeling that you’re often unable to be there with and for your patients in the way you want, in the way you’d always imagined you would be.
via The Importance of Sitting With Patients – NYTimes.com.
The whole question of health care in America dizzies my brain. I’ve been reading articles on health care reform for my entire adult life and I don’t know what we ought to be doing as a country.
I do feel pretty strongly that the massive economic disparity in health care coverage and accessibility is a top-priority problem, as is tort reform (to drop the cost of malpractice insurance). I wonder whether any reform will come of all this fighting — the corporate interests are so big; our political will to make hard choices is so weak.
This post from the blog YourBrainOnEcon gave me a lot to think about. Take time to read the entire analogy and the closing comments.
Universal Access to Food [A bitter satire].