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Nine concussions!? I didn't realize he's had that many.
I don't care WHAT the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th doctor says; shut this boy down.
The Future is Now.
I respect your personal experience. However, the macro dynamics dictate much as I've laid it out. I belong to a support group and I can tell you most have had similar experiences. What I cite is not an isolated incident at all. Even my own GP has cautioned me to be cognizant of the "clinic mentality". Doesn't mean the Docs don't care, but they have directives to maximize revenue.
Every business tries to maximize revenue and every business has their bad eggs, so to speak. The view on the medical field, I am sad to say, is definitely misconstrued. I brought this same sentiment up with family members who are medical professionals and they set the record straight. I shared your same views towards doctors, on car "doctors", until I realized I was off base. One bad mechanic tainted my view on their business. I've since realized not every mechanic is out to lighten your wallet. A majority of medical professionals aren't going to risk their careers with malpractice to earn a buck. Some do, most do not.
Seeking a second opinion or even a 3rd opinion on important medical matters, such as surgery, should be done by everyone, regardless of how well respected or trusted your primary care provider is.
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It really is an awful situation, regardless of the outcome of a second opinion.
After thinking about it, I'm not really sure where I come down on this. My instinct is that he should be counseled of the risks very clearly by everyone involved in his care. He may be 18, but he's still a kid who thinks he's invincible.
However, if his dream is to play football, who can take that away from him? Race car drivers, MMA fighters, boxers, cops, the military...all work dangerous jobs and we revere them constantly.
IMO there is enough evidence to support that playing 4 years of D1 football after 9 concussions is a risky life decision.
My point is, if he gets that second opinion and get approval to play how can Jimbo MDQ him? All a doctor can do is give the kid tests and use proper equipment, if he's healed up enough he passes. At that point it's up to him, and you know that he'll be told how foolish it would be for him to play again. But in the end if he passes all of his tests it will be his decision, the Supreme court has rules LONG ago that we cannot do anything for anyone in their best interests if they don't want it done..
Agreed on much of what you say. But again your example is more of a microcosm than of the field in toto. National statics over decades cite a somewhat different picture. MOST Docs are indeed professional in their approach. Some Medical Centers and Clinics are known to be bastions of semi-fraudulent practices. Private Practice Docs and yes, some clinicians are straight up and to be applauded for their forthrightness.
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