As much as doctors know about the disease, they will NEVER experience it as much as we do.
Some doctors have the disease, too. You know, they're human beings just like the rest of us. If they haven't personally experienced the pain of UC or Crohn's, perhaps they've experienced a debilitating condition themselves. Moreover, they see the full spectrum of the ravages of this disease, as long as they have enough IBD patients to see a range of experiences. I absolutely believe that a doctor who doesn't have IBD knows more about my
experience with UC than someone with mild UC.
You say those with IBD or some other condition may understand, and that I agree with. I believe many doctors lose their empathy somewhere in medical school and turn into robots. Dr.Patch Adams wrote an autobiography detailing this and the desensitization slowly happens when their subjects (cadavers, etc) are given labels (and not names). I personally call it indoctrination. This may explain why some percentage of them resort to suicide and drug abuse later on in life.This may have been true when Patch Adams was going through medical training (I haven't read his book), but it is laughably false now. Every medical school that uses cadavers for gross anatomy, which as far as I know is every MD school in the US, holds a memorial service for the deceased at the end of the year, where the med students speak about
the human being who donated their body to medical education and the family of the deceased is invited to attend. It's all very moving and a lot of people cry! There is a huge focus in medical education right now on striking a balance between the desensitization that is necessary to do an extraordinarily demanding job that wears you down with tragedy every day while maintaining a high level of empathy for patients.
Conspiracy theories are popular because they provide a satisfying, black and white way of viewing the world. The truth is almost always shades of gray that are unsatisfying to decipher and therefore unpopular. Do medical colleges receive funding from pharmaceutical companies? Yes (as well as from non-healthcare corporations, the government, private donors, their own students, etc). Does this bias them? Probably. Do they also care about
training doctors who maintain a high level of empathy for their patients? Absolutely.
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13