New research now indicates that a cancer diagnosis may be as fatal as the cancer itself, dramatically increasing the risk of suicide and heart-related death in the week following diagnosis. The risk of suicide was found to be 16 times higher and the risk of heart-related death 26 times higher during the first week following diagnosis versus those who were cancer free.
A surprisingly consistent body of research exists indicating that conventional medical training actually reduces practitioner empathy. What is worse, the decline in empathy appears even more pronounced at the time that the curriculum shifts towards patient-care activities.
''The delivery of good medical care is to do as much nothing as possible'' ~ Samuel Shem