Dr. Wallach starts the show today discussing the thousands that are injured and even killed each year by medical doctors. Relating this to the death of political journalist Tim Russerts death. Contending that his death was too early and untimely and obviously Russert's doctor missed something in previous examinations.
Pearls of Wisdom
Doug Winfrey and Dr. Wallach discuss a government study on the treatment of terminal cancer patients. The study found that only about one third of these terminal patients are actually told that they have no hope of survival. Participants in the study who were told of their impending demise were less likely to spend their final week in the intesive care, 4 times less likely to be on breathing machines and 6 times less likely to resuscitated. While their loved ones were more at peace following the death of the patient. The only upside appears to be for the doctors and hospitals in the form of bigger bills to the patients families.
- Jim has a friend that has undergone two knee replacements and now the doctor wants to perform back surgery on damaged disks.
- Adam has a friend who suffered a stroke several years ago and was prescribed Coumadin, but now wants off of the drug.