I've heard stories about EMTs being cynical smartasses.
Doctors dehumanize their patients all the time, referring to them in an alphabet soup of TLAs and obscure latin terminology that distances them from the actual human being they're treating.
Patient (in agonizing pain): "I came in last year and it was exactly like this, and they gave me morphine and phenergan and told me it was X"
Doctor: "Okay." Goes on doing what they're doing.
The doctor is dehumanizing the patient, and doesn't care what happens to them. They're probably not even listening.
The doctor's burnt out, and they just don't care any more, the patient is just an annoyance to them.
The doctor is processing what the patient is telling them, but trying to maintain objectivity while they complete their examination so that they do not commit the potentially fatal error of "seeking to find".
Shocking statistical evidence is cited by Gary Null PhD, Caroly Dean MD ND, Martin Feldman MD, Debora Rasio MD and Dorothy Smith PhD in their recent paper Death by Medicine - October 2003, released by the Nutrition Institute of America.
OK, scrup, no biggie. Just making a point. I'm sure we can "Bury the hatchet."
If you want more conservative numbers, look up the Johns Hopkins study that places Iatrogenic death as the #3 leading cause of death in the US. I won't bother linking to it, because its not important anyway.
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