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Putting an End to Medical Cruelty: A Horrifying Article in Yahoo this Week by T. L. Kittle
Date:3/3/2008

PALMDALE, Calif., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- This is an example of another news article, in a respected outlet (Yahoo), presenting the argument that denying people medical care who clinically need it is a good idea.

(I'm not saying Yahoo agrees with this philosophy, but it's disgusting to see this argument being presented by 'credible' members of the medical profession resulting in an article in a respected news outlet.)

This time, they're* going after whether or not people dying of Alzheimer's should be treated with antibiotics or not, even if they have an infection. This is particularly horrifying because Alzheimer patients can't defend themselves the same way 'normal' people can and some of these patients probably can't defend themselves at all. (*I'm generally referring to anyone who ever makes the argument it's acceptable to deny someone access to medical care.)

I don't know how anyone who calls them self a medical professional can even consider for a moment whether or not they should give a patient all the best medical treatment they have access to, unless the patient him or herself has stated and/or written down and signed otherwise.

It is their responsibility, their oath, and their contract with God to give someone another day-another moment-if it is at all possible.

The answer to curbing drug resistant bacteria is not in denying treatment to those who need it. The answer is that we need to develop better antibiotics-get ahead of the game.

If the drug companies won't do it (because they make so much more money on drugs we have to take for years, versus ten-fourteen days once in awhile), then we as a society should allocate resources to develop new drugs in order to make the development of new antibiotics happen.

It's rotten to the core that anyone would even consider denying people access to medical care as a 'solution' to a problem-even to patients who " ... failed to recognize loved ones, had stopped spe
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SOURCE T. L. Kittle
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