Category Archives: Ethics and the Caribbean Doctor

Passing on the effects of trauma

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Compassion and Support http://www.newsone.com

Scientists continue to assess some of the long term effects of childhood trauma: mothers less able to bond with their child – generational effects. It is important for health care workers, care-givers and all person who work with children to understand as much as they can about the long-term effects of childhood trauma. Recovery from such trauma and resilience to thrive are linked to support, compassionate adult support, as much as it is to physical protection. We have to give them a safe place to “be”. Clink this link for the findings of the study done at Rutgers University: Does sexual aggression alter the female brain.

Thirty percent of women worldwide experience some kind of physical or sexual assault during their lifetime. In a recent animal study, scientists — who have developed a new model to determine how stress affects females — discovered that prepubescent female rodents paired with sexually experienced males had elevated levels of stress hormones, could not learn as well, and expressed reduced maternal behaviors needed to care for offspring.

The Practice of Medicine: The Dilemma Neglected in the Healthcare Debate

The article quoted provides an interesting perspective on the true cost and long-term value of “experimental” care.

The decision to treat an illness is not simply a decision about the fate of a single human being. It is a decision about what we will or will not learn about treating illness. It is also about what we will or will not have at our disposal to treat illnesses in the future.

I hasten to add that in countries where primary health care needs are NOT being met for the majority (85% or more) of the population, fantasies involving experimental medicine are certainly fewer and more far between. 

What are your thoughts on this aspect of distributive justice and healthcare?

http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Practice-Medicine-Frederick-Schmidt-10-08-2012.html