The Right to Choose Medical Treatment

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Right to Choose Medical Treatment According to Philipus Auredous Paracelsus, “medicine is not merely a science but an art. The character of the physician may act more powerfully upon the patient than the drugs employed”. Medicine is an extraordinary field of study, you meet all types of people from various walks of life, encounter different situations daily and the difference that a physician can make in one’s life is priceless. More importantly, when you enter medical school, one of the most important things that will be embedded in your mind during and even after you graduate is, prescription, prescription and prescription, During ones medical education, physicians are taught not only about the human body but to write prescriptions. The pharmaceutical business is a billion dollar industry, today there are so many people that are on a drug treadmill. In a class that the researcher is currently taking, there was a young lady that asked the question, why physicians do not use alternative ways to treat patients, instead of just prescribing traditional medications? The answer to this is that, physicians are not taught to use alternative medicines or to try to find the root of the problem to an illness but to write prescriptions to alleviate medical issues. In all fairness, there are some physicians that do want to get to the under lying cause of any illness but they are few and far between. Moreover with all the advancement in technology and medicines, what if an individual did not want to take medication to treat their illness? Then how would he or she be perceived by the medical world and society? The researcher did explore a few cases of individuals whom just refuse to take medication for their medical conditions or their lo... ... middle of paper ... ...Health and Hospital Law 30, no. 1 (1997} Markon J. Fight intensifies over who acts for children. Washington Post. July 26, 2006 B08 Available at: Miles, S. H. ‘‘Informed Demand for ‘Nonbeneficial’ Medical Treatment.’’ New England Journal Of Medicine 325 (1991): 512–515. Quinlan, J., and Quinlan, J., with Batelle, P. Karen Ann Quinlan. New York: Doubleday, 1977 Moore MT. Virginia teen fights for right to pick Hodgkin's treatment. USA Today. July July 11, 2006. Available at: new health 2006-07-11- herbal-remedy Accessed December 6, 2006 Paracelsus Auredous Philipus, St. Jude Children's Hospital. Disease Information—Leukemia’s, Lymphomas: Hodgkin’s Disease Available Dec.6, 2006 www,

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