Hickdam

“A patient can have has many diseases as he darn well pleases.”

Why is it that modern medicine is so focused on finding that one disease to explain all of a patient’s problems?

I think it’s very rare (if not impossible?) for the human body to be only affected by one problem at a time. Since the body is a complex system of intertwining functions, it’s only common sense they would all impact each other, producing a different set of problems in each patient.

(A classic example: an asthma patient with a bad flu. The asthma is going to impact how they handle the flu, as well as potentially produce different side effects and complications.)

It’s such a back step in medicine that there is such an emphasis (perhaps a billing and insurance problem?) in finding one diagnosis per problem.

One day, they’re going to look back on our ‘modern medicine’ as a back step in the history of how we approach treating human diseases…

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