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 loved ones had to make that choice for them.
There were a couple cases that caught the researcher’s attention, the first one was in reference to a young lady and we will call her TR.TR is a 28 year old woman that has Aids and she is suffering from renal failure as the result of her illness, which caused her to be placed on dialysis. TR resides with her husband and her five year old daughter. Prior to her illness TR was employed with an upscale department store as a sales associates.TR, decides that she is tired of taking her medications and stops after day 10, and she went into a coma. Nevertheless when TR came out of the coma, she said that she did not want to die but in fact she wanted to live for her daughter.TR was evaluated by a physiatrist and found to be competent and depressed. TR was released from the hospital and one month later she stopped her treatment once again.
However, in the case of 16-year-old Star child Abraham Cherrix, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 2005. Abraham was residing with his parents and his four brothers and sisters. Abraham’s physician recommended chemotherapy for treatment. Abrahams chemotherapy treatment left...