Monday, October 2, 2023

Medicine exists for healthy people

Doctors goal is to get people healthy
So when faced with chronic illness
A complicated patient they can't fix
Once their diagnosis is complete
And they've handed out treatment
Even if the symptoms are still present
They wash their hands of us

Doctors aren't here for wholistic care
Few are excited by a long term puzzle
The puzzle of confusing symptoms
And rounds of inconclusive tests
They default to psychosomatic 
They outsource the care of emotion
That is the role of a psychiatrist 

Doctors want to conquer health
Not hear a frustrated patient
With never ending symptoms
They want to be the hero
But after multiple appointments 
It's easier to label malaise
Than admit their failure.