10 basic mistakes a doctor should never make

Medicine is a science that was created to heal. It was intended to take people’s suffering, protect them from plagues, and save lives, even in difficult cases. Above all, do not harm. Over the centuries, medicine has become one of the few salvages for people with disease. However, it has always been an elite science. Elite not only in the sense of “for selected people who can cultivate it”. Also, elitist as “available to the chosen”. Perhaps in the first half of the 20th century, few political leaders could have died of tuberculosis. Yet such a death among the common people was still no wonder. Therefore, few should come as a surprise that turning away from conventional treatments and turning to nature for help is becoming more frequent. Not beautiful words will ease people, only deeds.

Ineffective, but effective

Even this short excerpt relating to tuberculosis, mentioned at the beginning, makes us pay attention to the beginnings of the “deterioration” of Western medicine. As elite and expensive, it became available in the second half of the last century. From this she turned into a medicine for anyone who transplanted organs, vaccinated, kept in coma and tried to fight cancer. Exactly … The ineffectiveness of medicine may not be the complete fault of the doctor, but it is impossible not to mention it. It is the autoimmune diseases that are considered to be a miracle cure today. Often, however, doctors decide to put out the patient’s faith at the first diagnosis. It happens that the doctor inspires treatment even in hopeless cases, but the ignorance and powerlessness of medicine in the face of “own” diseases also affects the well-being and thinking of the one who is to cure us. Many doctors seeing malignant neoplasms or other autoimmune diseases give up further efforts to cure a given person, writing them off. Thus, it is not the human being who is the subject of the entire process, but the physician. And yet no one would like to deal with a person who treats us as dead during his lifetime. Especially if she was supposed to “heal” us.

“In medicine, every life counts – every little chance of saving a life.”

Hanna Krall “Make it before God”

Time is money

Today, doctors are in a difficult situation. So many patients, everyone wants something and still expects to be cured. And here, in the meantime, there is no time for diagnosis, so … Unfortunately, this is our reality. The number of patients they take care of for mainly financial reasons is too high. Queues in the health service are already called mythical. Therefore, when we go to a specialist, we should not be surprised that he tries to help us with the simplest possible methods. Help, because no one can assume that he really just wants to “get over”. However, when we have to wait more than six months to do the necessary tests, it is no wonder that without them it is easier to make a diagnosis at random. Lack of time for diagnosis is a consequence of one of the most common medical mistakes and, of course, it is a financial crisis. Therefore, conventional medicine becomes elitist, for the chosen ones who, not wanting to wait for a proper diagnosis, decide on private treatment. A unique problem in this aspect is the lack of time, because it is not the doctor or the health service itself that suffers from it, but the patient. A patient who should be cared for properly, who should spend as much time as necessary to find the right solution to his problem. So lack of time becomes one of the mistakes a doctor should never make.

“Treatment must be expensive, because what does the deceased need money?”

Andrzej Majewski

Wholesale, not retail

Another problem, one would like to see, is the disease that involves conventional medicine equated with Western medicine, is the wholesale treatment of patients. The doctor, according to the Hippocratic oath and his own “I”, should look at each case individually and with due attention. Meanwhile, many doctors treat patients as a necessary evil that appears in bulk to him for a certificate. Such a doctor is not interested then in curing the patient, but in marking with a tick the one he has already seen and dismissed with something. And this is with vitamin C, and this is with painkillers, and this is a throat syrup, and this is maybe some additional tests that take several months.

In modern medicine, the patient often becomes a product that was created by a doctor. The doctor does not see in the patient a specific person with a problem, but one of many characters who should behave the same and certainly suffer from the same. As a result, the patient not only does not feel well cared for, does not feel confident with a given doctor, but also cannot count on effective help in what is really ailing him. Meanwhile, doctors are appreciated who look at even the greatest hypochondriacs with attention and never underestimate what they see, justifying it with a wholesale amount of exactly the same cases.

“To make money for the price of health is the same as cutting off your legs to buy a pair of shoes with them.”

Prentice Mulford


Another mistake of doctors who have taken too much on their heads. Unfortunately, this problem applies to both unreliable people who see only money in medicine, and those who feel a mission and want to really help people. In both cases there is too much work. Thus, one of the most important characteristics of a doctor should be moderation. A tired doctor will not help anyone, even if he is present with his body, his mind will not be able to function as it should. Why? Fatigue works like alcohol. It weakens concentration, slows down reflexes and delays the association of facts. Even finding a common cold in such a state can result in a malpractice. That is why people who want to help their patients should not overwork, because their number taken per hour will not be equal to the number that was helped. On the other hand, doctors who deal with as many patients as possible for money are a separate, sad and hopefully rare case. Such also, and maybe even more so, mistakes happen, which can end up tragically in many cases. That is why the lifestyle of the doctor is so important, as he cannot afford to overwork too much, and at the same time must find a way to relieve stress and mental rest after what he experiences in their daily work.

“Man first wants to be beautiful,
then rich, and finally only healthy. “

Teresa Nietyksza


This is one of the mistakes that doctors certainly dream about at night. It is partly related to money, partly to mistake number two, and partly to the next mistake, which is too little knowledge. However, what matters is the effect, and every doctor should avoid such effects as much as possible. A misdiagnosis is the worst possible option. If we do not hear a good indication from the doctor, there will be no chance of curing our diseases. We will not run away from ailments if we start receiving drugs for something that does not need it at all. A wrong diagnosis can happen, it is especially dangerous with symptoms typical of common diseases. Then our thoughts turn to what is most common, and not to what is also actually possible. Often the problem is the inability to do more detailed research in the shortest possible time. Then, even if we get our turn and don’t have to wait anymore, it may be too late to heal what is the real cause. Doctors often take shortcuts and assume that the patient has the most common disease. Which is not true and never is the rule. Each case is and should be different and that is why it is so important to determine what is wrong with us. Without it, we become like a speeding car without brakes.

“If a 50-year-old man wakes up without any pain, then this man is dead.”

Chinese proverbs

You don’t pay, you get it

Lack of empathy is a heavy accusation against the doctor. But it’s even worse when this empathy comes from money. This is the situation that we often deal with in the case of the Polish health service. The same doctor paid for by the state, i.e. during visits to the National Health Fund, can be rude, does not care about the patient’s fate and behaves as if the patient came to him after he was angry and disturbed. However, in the afternoon, during private practice, he is the nicest person who will take care of everything so that the patient does not run out of bird’s milk. Where did this change come from? This is one of the most common mistakes doctors make. They pour out their everyday frustration at public work on patients who, de factobecome guilty of all evil. As a result, the patient does not feel support, but only internal fear and is not convinced that this person can help him. Why is this so? It is difficult to characterize the entire treatment system in Poland, but nothing justifies a doctor who, through his behavior, makes patients even more nervous and depressed with their situation. Nobody cares about them, nobody wants to help them, only to pour out their regrets and anger. Especially since it is a doctor; a person whom, after all, we place our trust in wanting to entrust our fate to her. Often, unfortunately, it is not worth …

“New Doctor, New Graveyard.”

Polish proverbs

Too little knowledge

Theoretically, medical studies last longer than most studies and after graduation the graduate student should have the greatest practical knowledge. In practice, however, it is different. Why? Doctors are respected and they receive fairly good salaries. If we add private practice to it, it turns out that they are wealthy people. Of course, young doctors are not admitted to many professional activities by their older colleagues, which means that their knowledge remains at a certain level, but specialization in medicine is required. So why not fully reliable knowledge in many people after medical academies? First, from the level. If we imagine that someone becomes a doctor by passing most of the exams at 51%, it is not difficult to notice that his knowledge is not the highest. Lack of practice additionally causes uncertainty in action and the inability to consolidate the acquired knowledge. In this case, only those who independently pursue further education can count on reliable education. As a result, too little knowledge is one of the often repeated medical errors. However, it is not only the result of not acquiring it, but also of lack of training and forgetting. An experienced doctor who works in a certain environment becomes too narrow a specialist. Therefore, those who are looking for new things and want to develop are worth their weight in gold for us.

“The doctor is often more dangerous than the disease.”

English proverbs

Let’s treat it as it goes

A common problem in Western medicine today is not treating what is actually ailing the patient, but what we can do. In other words, it is a treatment that misses the heart of the problem, but marks an effect. Due to the wrong diagnosis, lack of time or money, we are forced to “get sick with what we don’t have.” A common practice, especially in smaller centers, is also the arrangement of a doctor with a pharmacy. In this way, drugs that are in the pharmacy’s stock are prescribed, and those that are not available are avoided. Needless to say, it is not for the benefit of the patient … Treatment for what does not hurt is a practice that is known and applied wherever diagnosis is problematic. This allows the patient to hope for recovery and the health center shows that they are doing something. What is worse, we often find ourselves in the rain gutter. Walking around different doctors with the same “incurable” accident, we come across a number of different diagnoses that have nothing to do with what really affects us. When this happens, we become more and more nervous and, as a result, drift away from recovery. Even if our problem is trivial, treatment just to heal is pointless. Always.

“A bad medicine is better than a sweet poison.”

Polish proverbs

Lack of practice or routine at work

Money enters the game again. In our country, very often there is a situation in which an experienced doctor performs as many treatments and operations as possible, while not showing himself, and making money, both young and unfledged. Effect? Young doctors lose their knowledge, they are crammed into frames from which it is difficult to come out later. They don’t enrich their knowledge with practice that is missing. This is one of their fundamental mistakes. On the other hand, someone will say that he prefers to be operated by an experienced doctor who knows himself. Theoretically this is true, but firstly they are overworked, which makes it easy to make a mistake, and secondly, they often get absorbed into routine. Newer knowledge and a fresh perspective of a young and ambitious doctor could help in many situations. Meanwhile, an experienced doctor does not follow his advice and treats patients in bulk, recommending “the same again”. As a result, it is easy to miss a disturbing result or make a mistake. When we put it together, it turns out that there is no place for cooperation in healthcare. There is only mutual zeal and distrust, a conflict of generations from which the patient suffers. Lack of practice and practice in performing a given procedure or examination can be extremely painful for us. As well as too much routine and lack of a fresh perspective and constant training. This is one of the most common mistakes of doctors in our country, which translates into much worse healthcare than we would like. Trust is the basis for good patient-doctor cooperation.

“A doctor can cure disease, but not fate.”

Chinese proverbs

Money is the most important thing

Most of the mistakes doctors make are related to money. To a greater or lesser extent. This issue keeps almost all patients awake at night. On the one hand, we want to have the best possible care, on the other, we cannot afford to pay exorbitant sums privately, while for public money doctors are rude, they do not try to solve the problem, but only, it seems, send us back privately. On the other hand, they themselves have to deal with the problem of the lack of money for research for the patient, which makes them commit the biggest mistake – they put the good of the public above the good of human health. As a result, they are focused on earning money, not helping people, which causes the level of health care to drop significantly and become elitist in the sense accessible to the rich. The poor have no chance of spending a thousand zlotys on a specialist and, as a result, have to wait many months for their turn. If we add malpractice and medical oversight, we get a comprehensive picture of Western medicine, which has nothing to do with Far Eastern medicine. It puts the patient in the first place, because even the name is folk. The only thing you need to be careful about are scammers, who very often like to sign off on someone else’s successes and use the naivety and desperation of patients to deceive them with the benefits of alternative medicine, not really knowing it at all. Because knowledge always goes hand in hand with reason.

Overworked doctors who have either been crammed into the frames of young and unable to do anything, or who ate their minds and shut themselves into the world of their routine, are just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the mistakes that a doctor should never make are inherent in the system of organizing medical care and values, or rather their loss, in the broadly understood Western culture. In this respect, therefore, it is not surprising that people turn away from conventional methods and choose folk knowledge that does not promise and it works.

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