Persuasive Essay On Modern Medicine

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Thirty three pills a day, one wound vac, thirty feet of oxygen tubing, three doctor 's visits a week, one in home nurse, and one trapped grandmother. Too many things for a frail old body to take in at once and only few were really helping. The pain she went through, due to the extra treatments, was devastating to watch. She was dying and we all knew it, but doctors were just giving her more and more to keep her alive. It is a very common thing to see patients,like my grandmother, hooked to all kinds of things or taking many different unnecessary medications near the end of their life. The advancements in modern medicine have led to the an increase in overtreatment to elderly and dying patients. People want to spend as much time with their loved…show more content…
Mayer explains this by saying, “Modern medicine is powerful, but it is a double-edged sword. The way we can bring people back from the brink of death is truly amazing. There is nothing more satisfying professionally than having a grateful patent walk back into the ICU after surviving a near-death experience. But more often, for very old people, aggressive life support doesn 't work out so well” (Mayer). He shows that for old people, aggressive care usually doesn’t turn out they way they want.There comes a time when they have to face the inevitable and let…show more content…
That means that if the doctors feels the treatment will only help temporarily they can advise the patient against it. Dr. John Sanders provided a good answer to this question of laws regarding end of life treatment. He said, “There’s no real laws. It’s a discussion we have with the family, with the patient. Say their blood pressure is high and being treated with these four medicines. It’s such a balance because if I choose not to treat that or encourage them not to treat that and they go home and have a stroke, well didn’t I just kill their patient?” Doctors are reluctant in taking people off certain medications because of that fear of being blamed for their death. John goes on to explain, “It’s really really tough to balance the ethical part of that whole ballgame. Grandma was okay with dying and grandpa was also okay with it, but the grandson is now ticked because you killed his grandma, so you’re getting sued” (Sanders). A family doctor is sued at least once every five years. Often those cases come from some family member who feels like the doctor neglected the patient and discontinued necessary treatment. A big cause of overtreatment is fear. Doctors are afraid to discontinue certain treatments or medicines because they are afraid of the legal issues that could follow. It is easier to keep treatment going then to deal with the lawsuit that could come when the grandson is mad
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