Opinion: Bell losing the election: A medical metaphorWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
TO THE EDITOR,
A man rushes into the emergency room of the hospital.
“Help! Help! I cut my arm because I wasn’t paying attention while using a saw and am bleeding to death and need the best surgeon you have!” he says. Dr. Bell steps forward and says, “I have decades of experience healing even the most serious of wounds, let me help you.”
So the patient lays down and says OK. Dr. Bell goes to work. “Ow! That hurts!” says the patient, “I don’t like that!” Dr. Bell says, “Ah, but the wound might be infected and cause gangrene later, which means your entire arm may need amputation and this antiseptic solution will prevent that.”
So the wound is cleaned while the patient continues to complain. “Ow!” screams the patient again as Dr. Bell uses a scalpel on the skin to make the ragged edges smooth and fit together. “That hurts! I don’t like that!” Dr. Bell replies, “This is what we must do to make sure the wound is uniform and will form a solid seal so it will heal properly.”
As the work continues the patient again complains about the stitching. “But we need to sew the wound so it will strongly bind the two sides together and be almost the same as the skin was before you cut yourself,” says Dr. Bell.
Finally finished, Dr. Bell wraps the arm with gauze and bandages. “Oh no! This is so ugly and obvious!” says the patient. “Ah,” says Dr. Bell. “We need to properly wrap the arm so the wound may heal and you will be well again without the threat of infection.”
The patient leaves grumbling. Two weeks later the patient comes back to see Dr. Bell. “How is your arm?” says Dr. Bell. “Oh, it’s healing fine! Good as new!” says the patient. “I don’t see any signs of infection, it is healing well” says Dr. Bell. “Now what I would like to do is some cosmetic surgery so all signs of the wound will disappear.”
And the patient, to Dr. Bell’s surprise, replies, “No, I am not going to let you do the cosmetic surgery because I know a new doctor who doesn’t have much experience and says he can do a better job. He doesn’t have anything to show me how good he is, but all his friends and family say he is very good and I am going to trust them. You are no longer my doctor.”
Yeah, it’s like that.