Healing and harming.
As part of a volunteering program, a medical student learns the story of a sick infant whose survival was wholly dependent on modern medicine. The family was pacified by believing, during pregnancy, that the fetus would be healthy. Poor counseling and unethical physician behavior led to the trauma of the family's struggle to keep its baby alive, happy, and as healthy as possible. The need for adequate, thorough, and individualized counseling is a critical and still unfulfilled need in patient care.
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9239, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
SourceThe Journal of medical humanities 33:3 2012 Sep pg 209-12
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Pub Type(s)Journal Article