It is admirable that doctors save lives but by the same token they can also take lives. They need to know their limitations and admit when they don't know what is the best course of action.
By coincidence I listened to a Fresh Air interview last week - it doesn't speak this actually thread…
But, I can't think of any more "god like" doctor than a neurosurgeon,
so it's quite interesting listening to one speaking for himself
and what it's like to wrestle with the reality that he has made mistakes, and those mistakes have killed or maimed people…
And that's where I'm imagining you stopping your interest.
When in actually there is so much more to being a neurosurgeon than playing God and occasionally killing someone,
(someone, who was well on the way to death anyways, incidentally.)
A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain
Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh has opened heads, cut into brains and performed the most delicate and risky surgeries on the part of the body that controls everything — including breathing, movement, memory and consciousness.
"What is, I think, peculiar about brain surgery is it's so dangerous," Marsh tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "A very small area of damage to the brain can cause catastrophic disability for the patient."
Over the course of his career, Marsh, a consulting neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St. George's Hospital in London since 1987, has learned firsthand about the damage that his profession can cause. While many of the surgeries he has performed have been triumphs, there is always a risk of leaving the patient severely disabled.
In the memoir Do No Harm, Marsh confesses to the fears and uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness. Despite his decades on the job — or perhaps because of them — Marsh says that much of the brain remains beyond his grasp.
Peacegirl, as for your sense of hurt feelings,
I think perhaps you should look in the mirror at some of the thing you say to, and imply about, other people.
Once you start mud wrestling don't be surprised if you get sucked into the mud pit.