Even the most prepared doctor, can never know all possible situations and existing diseases. They will be subjected, as all human beings are, to bad days that may only become clear when it’s too late.
Let’s recall that there are unpredictable diseases or fulmination that result in the death of an animal or a person which maybe just came out from a complete checkup. No control or series of checkups will give you an absolute guarantee that the whole body is in order. A living being is not like a car where you can change the pieces in a mechanical and predictable manner.
Let’s then clearly distinguish medical malpractice, which happens when we work without the necessary care and attention needed for the extreme complexity of the body.
Even the most updated doctors, like all humans, are fallible. In retrospect, every situation gone wrong leads to thinking that it’s the result of an error, and therefore the fault of the doctor who prescribed certain exams, underestimated the problem, or failed the therapy.
Certainly, in many situations this is true, but in others, it’s almost impossible to prevent the problem. Then, how can the therapist take precaution to avoid such situations?
Paradoxically the only defense they have is not to act in good faith, but to follow the Hippocratic Oath, to which every doctor must comply.
This leads to curing the patient and prescribe medicines and exams only when it’s necessary, without abusing it. But as a doctor, nowadays, are we able to practice our profession according to these principles?
We all know how many problems are due to stress and have a real organic root.
Think of the tachycardia, palpitations and to the extra systoles, just as an example. The doctor knows perfectly that their origin is nearly always psychosomatic and after the first thorough control to identify any organic disease, he should avoid to prescribe mountains of exams and drugs. Only those ethically and ideally convinced of their work will do it, risking complaints, processes, arrests, and jail.
All others, with human care will adhere strictly to the existing protocols, a powerful umbrella against such occupational hazards, but often leads to the inability to act according to common sense.
Let’s always remember that it’s much easier for a doctor to take care than not, but it has to be clear that it’s not for sure the best way of practicing medicine, especially when considering the side effects of most drugs and many diagnostic tests.
Here then, appear dozens of papers on informed consent to be signed by patients to unburden the doctor from the more serious responsibilities in case of negative reactions to the therapy.