Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Kafka Pandemic: A Machiavellian approach
you take steps to make it look like they are not suffering and dying. Make sure their death certificates almost never show that they had anything underlying in common. Keep them out of official statistics. Keep them out of medical curricula.
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Once again, Samuel hits the nail on the head. Medical school teaches nothing at all about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and all they teach about CFS is that it's all in our heads. As a result, it's almost impossible to find a doctor qualified to diagnose it -- I've seen people walking around with a CFS diagnosis who, in fact, have depression or anemia or food allergies because some doctors think any patient with fatigue has CFS. And vice versa, patients who really do have what I have, who are misdiagnosed with something they don't have (often depression) because some doctors think any patient who sleeps a lot is depressed.
Some of my doctors ignored any objective symptoms of physical illness (like fever or rash) because they preferred a psychiatric explanation that absolved them of any further responsibility other than to nag me to get my head shrunk. Blood tests I asked for were refused, because if the test was positive, not only would the doctor's ego be on the line (proving that the patient was right and the doctor was wrong) but he'd also have to spend more time trying to figure out what was really wrong.
Much easier to play Blame The Patient and refuse to look for a physical cause.