The Midnight Meal and Other Essays About Doctors, Patients, by Jerome Lowenstein M.D., Howard Markel, Alexandra Minna Stern

By Jerome Lowenstein M.D., Howard Markel, Alexandra Minna Stern

In this accelerated version, an complete health care provider and instructor of drugs discusses the significance of being a worrying medical professional, particularly now that the point of interest of medication is more and more on technological innovation and health and wellbeing care costs.

With knowledge and compassion, Dr. Jerome Lowenstein tells tales approximately relationships among scientific scholars and their lecturers, physicians and their sufferers. He displays on what medical professionals research from treating power disease; how they reply to sufferers' wishes for reassurance; how they undergo the load of treating sufferers with life-threatening or degenerative disorder; even if the excellence among conventional and "alternative" scientific therapy is finally useful or damaging; and plenty of different concerns. Dr. Lowenstein's ruminations on humanistic ways to studying and practising drugs may be precious via physicians, clinical scholars, and sufferers alike.

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Patients expected doctors to achieve cures that might be impossible, but, by the same token, doctors sometimes promised more than they could deliver. One factor that often played a part in the outcome of treatment was that victims of disease or an accident did not go to the doctor until it was too late for a cure. In all fairness, many diseases had insidious beginnings and did not show any distressing symptoms until the disease was well-advanced. In such cases, any minor symptoms were often ignored until too late.

Traveling thirty miles by horse and buggy to a distant ranch to treat a sick patient or deliver a baby was not unusual. A few doctors in large cities limited themselves to specific diseases and ailments, but the age of the specialist did not really start until the early 1900s. Veterinarians were even scarcer in the Old West than doctors. A doctor might be asked to treat a family cow or a horse, if no veterinarian was available, because a healthy horse was important to a farmer or rancher. Many doctors also owned drugstores and served as pharmacists.

About 70 percent of those with typhoid fever eventually recovered. Hospitals were not common in the Old West until the 1890s. Before that time, the only hospitals might be army hospitals. Fort Garland, a military installation established in Colorado in 1858, had a hospital with twelve beds, a dispensary, a kitchen, and a dining room. Toilet facilities were primitive, consisting of a pit toilet located outside the hospital building. Fort Union, in New Mexico, had a hospital that was considered to be one of the best in the West.

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