“The word medicine is derived from the Latin word ars medicina, meaning the art of healing.” (Medicine)
Medicine has numerous duties. It replaces what the body is lacking, it fights off infections and in some cases like, Sara Monopoli’s, medicine prolongs the death process. Because everyone’s immune system is different, medicine can speed up the recovery process, make little or no improvements in a patient’s health, or even have harmful effects on the body.
I honestly feel that medicine is a hypocrite. As the art of healing, medicine should be kind to the body, instead it has several side effects that can make a patient suffer more. The doctors hope that the medicine will extend your life; however, if your illness is fatal then what is the point of taking it? Why suffer more and longer when you already know how it is going to end?
“In ordinary medicine, the goal is to extend life. We’ll sacrifice the quality of your existence now—by performing surgery, providing chemotherapy, putting you in intensive care—for the chance of gaining time later. Hospice deploys nurses, doctors, and social workers to help people with a fatal illness have the fullest possible lives right now.” (Letting Go)
I support Hospice and their goal to enhance the quality of life and make sure that you are comfortable during the death process. I think it is ironic that Hospice does “nothing”, but at the same time gives the patient a sense of serenity. I think that’s in fact the best thing a patient could have. Hospice care provides the emotional support and spiritual assets that there is a lack of in the hospital units. There is someone available for you 24 hours, seven days a week as well. That is what medicine should do. It should relax the mind and ease the pain. It should be working to keep you at ease; there should be no suffering. I think doctors sugar coat the severity of situations and allow you to believe that these drugs are your best solution. These drugs can cause serious rashes, kidney and liver failure, clotting problems, and even death if combined with certain medications. Why would you want to live like that?
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Gawande, Atul. “Letting Go.” The New Yorker. N.p., 02 Aug. 2010. Web. 08 Oct. 2013.
“Hospice Care-Topic Overview.” WebMD. WebMD, 29 Dec. 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2013.