Medical Case Study

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In the past, consent was never needed to perform a treatment on a person. However, as medicine and science began to advance at a rapid rate, along came hundreds of new machines/procedures that are incorporated into treatments, and the patients must be well informed of what’s going to happen to them before they undergo any type of procedure. Furthermore, the patients have the ability to become more informed on what is occurring to them if they know what kind of condition/disease is affecting them, so they become more biased in the types of treatment that they’ll receive. Sometimes they will feel uncomfortable with some types of procedures and since the patient’s permission to perform any type of treatment is crucial in this day and age, the…show more content…
In the medical field, there are often situations in which a physician will feel the need to take immediate action to save a patient. However, due to the high risk of lawsuit, physicians should put their instinct aside and not engage in any treatments that were not approved on the patient 's consent form. At many points of a physician 's life, he/she will be forced to make a decision between doing what is morally right to try and potentially save a patient or put their values aside to avoid a malpractice lawsuit. For example, a case that involves a vascular surgeon, Dr. V, who owns his own practice, was sued for…show more content…
It simply states that they must treat the ill to the best of their ability, provide patient privacy, and to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. This document represents the relationship between medicine and society, which healthcare professionals obligations are to helping their patients, but as time progressed, the contents of the oath do not properly show the physician’s role to society (Cruess, Richard, and Sylvia Cruess). In this day and age, the physician’s obligation isn’t only to the patient now, but to society as a whole. They are expected to meet the expectations that are upheld of them, and to heed the orders of what the patients want due to the “extraordinary advances in medical practice… [that] produced a fundamental change in this long-enduring belief and established an attitude of disclosure”( Green, Douglas, and Ronald MacKenzie). The process of just going to the doctor to receive treatment changed into a person going to the doctor and choosing what treatment that they feel is best suited for them, and if the physician goes against their wishes then it would result in legal matters. Hence, proving that the tradition of medicine has been altered to tend to the patients rather than administering the best possible route of treatment for the
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