Tuesday, July 04, 2006

This is why I don't like doctors

Re: the story on Drudge about the brain damaged man who "grew" a new nerve connection after a 20-year coma

"The nerve fibers from the cells were severed, but the cells themselves remained intact," unlike Schiavo, whose brain cells had died, said Dr. James Bernat, a neurologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, who is familiar with the research.

You know two things about this story:

1. It was written by a politically correct dunce. You can't trust a thing that comes from the Associated Press.

2. The dunce interviewed a dunce.

This doctor doesn't know a g-d damn thing about Terry Schiavo and he doesn't know a g-d damn thing about people in comas. No one on earth knows a thing about people in comas. Yesterday the same doctor would have told you that people can't grow a new nerve. Today everyone except Terry Schiavo can.


Blogger Gayle said...

Yes, I know, Walker! What they did to Terry was evil.

I was told once that I needed surgery to repair what doctors called a "trigger thumb." I refused to let them cut. I simply massaged the thumb for a couple of days and it was fine! Haven't had a problem with it since. It's only a small thing compared to Terry, of course, but an example never-the-less. Doctors are just plain flat out wrong a lot of times! It wouldn't have hurt anyone to let Terry's parents have custody of her. I'm still pissed off about that! GRRRRRRRR!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Fish said...

Doctors so often insist nerves once severed won't heal, but there have been tens of thousands of cases of fingers, toes, hands and feet that are successfully reattached after total seperation. Over time the brain seems to reconnect the nerve system and the hand or whatever, becomes again functional.

In each of these cases the cells were, for varying degrees of time, without connection to the body, the heart, the blood and were therefore technically dead.

In Terry's case I never read that the brain cells were disconnected from the blood supply, but so what. If the reconnected hand can resume life then the possibility that damaged or temporarily disconnected brain cells could too.

Medical science is often best guesses. Highly educated, backed by years of observation, but guesses none-the-less. They can point to medical history and say "there's never been a single case..." just as the physical sciences for centuries could say "a heavier than air craft cannot fly". Then along comes the Wright brothers...

9:08 AM  

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