Good Medicine and Bad

Those of us who have have been around long enough have learned that there are good doctors and bad. The former are usually arrogant, incompetent, or learners — all of whom make mistakes. My original example of the first was a doctor who prescribed a pain medication that was actually inducing pain (stomach) and finally my wife got help from another who went ballistic over the error that had put me in his hospital. I have also suffered a bit at the hands of beginners. Everyone has to learn. But one probably cost me the vision in one eye!

The good news, however, is that there are many able and deeply caring doctors that one can find to handle whatever. Our primary doctor is such and I would mention his name except that he is already overburdened with patients. I am particularly conscious of medicine these days in retirement because we are spending much of our time getting things repaired or keeping them going. I recently reported my pleasure with having my sight restored in my one good eye by a caring and able eye specialist.

My hope is that all Americans and other fellow humans may have the good fortune that is ours. Needless to say we need to catch up with the rest of the developed nations by getting single payer medicine in place and the hands of the greedies out of our pockets. It looks as though Obama is steering us in that direction bit by bit. Let us hope.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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