walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

doctors who don't like crises, and doctors whose ancestors include doctors

I've commented in previous reviews (in previous pregnancy) on what happens when the offspring of docs write about doctoring, specifically in regards to ante/prenatal care (Thomas Strong is the American example; Annie Oakley, IIRC, is the Brit).

David Eddy, in addition to providing a bang-up example of someone born to a doctor (4th gen) becoming really insightful and critical of a lot of aspects of medicine, demonstrates another salient characteristic of doctors I mentioned previously: he doesn't like medical crises. Odent and Grantly-Read were both army medics (different armies) who went into obstetrics in part because they were looking for something non-heroic. Eddy didn't go into obstetrics (altho he apparently is known in part for sleuthing down the origin of the once-a-cesarean-always-a-cesarean guideline), of course, but I can't help but feel that all of the above mentioned doctors, whether OB or not, gravitated towards wonkitude/policy theory -- both to cut down on the crises and because they've lived and breathed this world so long they can't really help themselves.

The more I read, the more I feel compelled to conclude that we're all doomed to dissatisfaction with medical care, especially here in the US, but generally as well.

Well, it's not like dissatisfaction is an unusual state of mind for me.
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