Most people think highly of their doctors. They want their physicians to be objective, scientific, impartial, as well as caring, compassionate and sensitive. In short, they want doctors who look more like healing saints than people.
It makes sense for people to ask this from their doctors. As you lie on the examination table while the doctor examines your anus, vagina, penis or other embarrassing organ, you want to believe that the person doing this to you is pure, healthy, honest, competent, and doing what is best for you. . You don’t want to think that the doctor is a pervert with a license and degree of abuse.
Well, I’m afraid I have bad news for you. I studied medicine and I know.
Put yourself in a doctor’s shoes. Once upon a time, he was just like you, an ordinary person. They went to kindergarten and elementary school and did as they were told, learned to take exams and get expected answers, and got high grades as a result. They continued to do this until they entered medical school. They were chosen for their grades and test scores.
For some jobs, applicants are required to take personality tests to give an indication of their character. Are they antisocial, honest or stealing? You want to know this about employees before you give them a job. However, there is no such character test for those who apply for medicine. Candidates are selected through academic tests. And these people will be entrusted with human lives.
Does getting high scores in chemistry, physics or math make you a great doctor? Of course not. Does knowing physiology, anatomy and biochemistry make you compassionate? They may make you a good physiologist, anatomist or biochemist, but they have nothing to do with compassion. In fact, there is nothing further from compassion than the field of medicine, as most medical science is heavily dependent on brutal animal research that tortures and kills millions of dogs, cats, monkeys, mice, and other animals every year.
Indeed, medical education is deliberately designed to desensitize ordinary people to blood and guts so that they can become doctors. Dealing with anxious, fearful, helplessly sick people, some in severe pain, requires a calm mind. It’s important for doctors to stay calm when everyone crosses the line. In the real world, of course, you need to learn how to stay cool and recover in a crisis. Because the medical student is chosen based on nothing more than test scores, the reality is that most students fail to fulfill this ideal. If all you had to do with patients was to get their health histories in writing and have them get a test on what drug to give them, it would be okay for doctors, especially if the tests were multiple choice, like in med school and medical school. about medical license tests.
But medical care requires different skills and personalities than doing multiple-choice tests. This is why medicine has so many specialties that students can choose from. Medical school takes four years to complete. The first two years are textbooks and laboratories. Over the past two years, you’ve been trying different medical specialties for a few weeks to a few months to see what suits your tastes. Some people love the thrill of crisis. They often enter emergency medicine. They enjoy the adrenaline rush of a heart attack or car accident. They don’t like to see people slowly die from chronic diseases and the side effects of drugs. They prefer medical promptness to long-term commitments. Come in, get patched up, and get referred to another doctor for follow-up.
Others, shaken by stress, undergo surgery. Imagine the rush you feel when you cut a stranger’s chest, the blood gushing everywhere, the nurses giving you clamps to stop the flow, the machines that speed up the patient’s pulse and breathing, the sweat from your forehead dripping by the nurse, the anesthesiologist warning you. The patient goes into cardiac arrest and stays on top of the fight in your outward demeanor the entire time, playing dirty jokes with the nurses and talking timeshare resorts with the anesthesiologist. Wow what a job!
For those who prefer to look more like an old-time doctor, there is family medicine. You see children, parents, expectant mothers, the elderly, the whole gamut of humanity and all kinds of problems. When things get tough, you send them to another specialist. People trust you and tell you their life secrets. This medicine lite is a great specialty for casual people.
I remember a family doctor I went to for a checkup on my 30th birthday, at a time in my life before I started medicine and still believed in getting routine checkups. He did a thorough examination, including a rectal exam, to look for prostate enlargement and other signs of inflammation. I did not expect that. “Put your pants down and bend over,” he told me. He was a tall, blond, handsome doctor, around 6′ 4″, single, but apparently straight. “Is that really necessary?” I asked. “Yes.” So I bent down. He put a small condom on his finger, some vasoline on it I poured the jelly on and she walked in while I was puckering with displeasure. “How’s your sex life?” she said, pausing inside to recover.
Shortly after being admitted to medical school. Before starting classes, I volunteered at a local low-income health clinic, hoping to gain some more experience. They dressed me in a white lab coat, called me “student-doctor,” and soon I was doing a pelvic exam for an 18-year-old woman. The doctor first did the exam and then told me to feel the cervix as I slid my gloved hand uncomfortably into the strange woman’s faintly scented vagina. My lay days were coming to an end. I was already given access to people’s bodies.
I guess some guys would be jealous, unless the pus turns you away. Imagine what kind of men are gynecologists. They tell women to undress all day, for women of all kinds. They then insert their fingers into their vaginas, anus and feel their breasts. They want their patients to feel like they’re experts on women, even though they’re just men and have never had a period, wear a bra, or have a strange man explore their vaginas.
Of course, this specialization has a downside. What would you do to your sense of woman if you had to examine smoky, smelly, sickly vaginas every day? Do you reflexively reach for your glove and lubricant when your wife falls in love?
While most gynecologists are men, urologists are mostly not women. Women are willing to have a strange doctor to probe their genitals. But most men feel awkward when a female doctor examines their penis. Of course, it feels weird for a man to examine your penis as well. What kind of man is drawn to urology and the lifetime expertise of dealing with penile and prostate problems?
The same can be asked of proctologists. As a medical student, imagine working with the rectum and colon is exciting. What would seeing butts all day, year after year, do to your sense of humanity?
As you can see, choosing a specialization can be difficult. If you are a truly idealistic person and came to medicine to end pain, you are in for some disappointment and grief. I know a rheumatologist who can no longer cope with the slow death of his patients, who can’t do much to relieve their pain. He decided to switch specialties and become an anesthesiologist so that all his patients would remain unconscious and not have to get to know them personally.
Medical students, who fit no other mold and are themselves a little odd, often become psychiatrists, fleeing blood and guts by seeking the mind. Psychiatrists who are themselves a basket case often feel great emotional relief and increased self-esteem by listening to other people’s problems throughout the day, making psychiatry very therapeutic for the doctor. This is a particularly attractive specialty for medical students who enjoy LSD or peyote and stay high on most of their basic science education. They can really get into people’s distorted fantasies and hallucinations. But beware of the power-hungry psychiatrist. They can call you crazy, put you in jail, and keep you off drugs for the rest of your life if they want to.
Indeed, doctors have all kinds of authority over the people. They have licenses to practice on people who have had drugs and surgery. As a doctor, you can accidentally kill a patient or make it look like it’s accidental, and if you can show that it’s standard medical procedure, you can get away with it. And you can even bill the deceased patient’s assets for services. Now this is power. This power is attractive to some people, which is why they became doctors in the first place. Of course, as in politics, anyone who has an interest in power is the type of person who should definitely not get it. People who have grown up wanting to always be called “The Doctor” and have the power, money, and prestige our culture confers on the medical profession may not be the best people to treat patients fairly, sensitively, and with the patient’s best interests in mind. . These doctors are not meeting the health needs of their patients. Patients serve their doctors’ power needs.
With the power of medicine comes money. First of all, medicine is a business. He is in the business of curing the disease, so the doctor does his best when you are sick, not when you are well. This puts the doctor, like an auto mechanic, to break you down. This means that the doctor invests in disease and treatment and is the enemy of health and prevention. If you went to medical school to help heal humanity, this sad truth about medicine’s fundamental, underlying financial momentum may be enough to make you quit the profession. Made me quit. It also made me realize that if you want to be healthy, you have to stop doing the things that make you sick, including going to the doctors.
So the next time you do research, remember that the person doing the research is no different from anyone else. They don’t have to be saints who swore on poverty to treat the sick and help prevent disease. They are not necessarily impartial, objective, mature people who can take their personal feelings away from their work. They’re just ordinary people licensed to practice on you. They have the same perversions, prejudices, stupidity, self-interest, and petty lives as the rest of humanity, but are drawn to the lucrative and powerful disease business.