All of us in the medical world complain fairly frequently about our patients preferring the advice they receive from the internet or cousin Billy Bob or the plumber over a trained professional. I was thinking about that phenomenon today after hearing from the owner of a dog with neck pain say, "The medication you sent home with us last month worked for a while then we quit using it since she felt so much better and now she's dreadfully sick again." The dog's neck pain was back to the same level or worse than before we started medication. Now we probably have the added problem of wind-up pain, but, I digress.
I have a new theory about this that actually makes sense to me. It doesn't help my frustration but it makes sense...
What if people have simply begun to lose faith in the medical field to the point that they feel that we, as a profession, are more interested in money-grubbing than the well-being of their pets or, for the MD's out there, themselves?
6 days ago