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A medical procedure which results in unexpected suffering, disability, or even death plunges the patient, family, the physician responsible, and the hospital involved into the abyss of the tragic. Since the ancient Greeks, our response to the inescapable tragic dimension of life has revealed our species’ moral worth.
In the United States today, the almost obligatory response to medical deviation is to launch a vengeful lawsuit for malpractice. America’s recent pandemic of opportunistic lawsuits against competent physicians who unintentionally inflict harm while sincerely striving to preserve life, is cannibalistically destroying the profession vowed by compassion to preserve our lives.
This author faced the possibility of suing an emergency room physician and his hospital following a tragic medical miscalculation which inflicted upon her husband irreparable harm. After months of silent introspection, however, she consciously chose not to sue after reasoning that compassion, mercy, and forgiveness extended toward those responsible was not only morally appropriate, but psychically commensurate with the fundamental goodness of every human heart.
Pandemic of Opportunism is recommended for all those who daily deal with the powerful emotions and psychological disruption which result from medical error – for doctors and nurses themselves, for attorneys, psychologists, grief counselors, Hospice professionals, clergy of all faiths, as well as for loved ones of patients and for all families who will most likely face in their own futures the choice to extend toward the medical profession itself the same compassion which that profession mercifully extends toward them.