I am not sure where to begin this post, other than to start out by questioning whether the medical profession does more harm than good.
It is beyond the series of recent news events of the harms done by the (usually male) individual doctors and surgeons. A quick recap from this blog just recently:
On the ultrasound thread, several radfems commented how unnecessary many of these check-ups actually are, as well as Mary highlighting yet another case of at least 26 women sexually assaulted by one anaesthesiologist.
Even this, a sadistic prick of a surgeon who removed a woman’s clitoris just for the hell of it. Thankfully he has been found guilty.
There are several converging factors in all of this. It is well known that predators will gravitate towards professions that will give them access to victims, every day we hear of yet another teacher arrested or charged with a gazillion child-porn images found on his computer. So we have some creepy dudes gravitating towards medicine and even gynaecology to give them sexual access to their victims. Thankfully some places now require a nurse in the room for gynae exams, but this is far from universal. It was always quite bizarre to me that most of the gynaecologists were male, were treating all sorts of things from period problems to maternity, when they don’t even know firsthand what it is even like to have a period.
Supposedly medicine is the caring profession, but it is structured so that most of the ones at the top, doctors and surgeons, get paid the most, and the majority at the bottom, predominately female, the nurses, get paid squat. Males are not known for their ‘caring side’, yet they dominate the profession, and get to make most of the overall decisions.
The system of a lot of unnecessary testing, designed by the medical profession to milk funds out of health insurers and providers, state-funded or private. A lot of times these tests are not warranted at the frequency unless there is a family history of similar, or some sort of exposure risk.
Don’t even get me started on the plastic surgeons, among the highest paid of the medical profession, doing a lot of unnecessary and multiple surgeries, exploiting vulnerable people with body image issues, including a lot of trans people. Correcting the disfiguring problems of birth or accident is noble and helpful, but this is certainly the minority of plastic surgery being done. The majority are money-grubbing opportunists out to make a huge buck.
Let’s not forget that in the beginning of the (male-run) medical profession, they killed more than they helped, with the longest trial-and-error learning curve of any profession.
Those people at the lower end of society have to put up with sub-standard care, just enough to keep most of the workforce alive for the factories and menial jobs. With an attitude of not caring at the mortality rate.
The lowest paid in the medical profession, the nurses, who generally do care, are powerless to make any real changes to the system.
Many of the whistleblowers in the medical profession are nurses and female doctors. Indeed, most of the whistleblowers in most professions are female. Frequently they get sacked for pointing out problems.
The bottom line for the medical profession is the prestige and money. It is a huge arm of the capitalist system, and not to be trusted.
Apologies that this post really didn’t go anywhere, I think I just needed a rant to get it out of my system. I am really getting sick of the number of multi-victim sexual assaults of late.
If you have any other news articles on the same theme, feel free to post them here as well. In other words, this thread can be a sort of medical-related open thread (I have even put an ‘open thread’ category on it so you can find it again).