Monday, May 16, 2011
Have you ever dreamt of waking up in the middle of a medical procedure? Sounds like a horror movie. Apparently it does happen. According to Wikipedia (which, most serious scholars know, is the most reliable source of information), Anesthesia awareness occurs around 0.1 – 0.2% in operations in US alone, annually – that’s approx. 20,000 t0 40,000 patients out of 20 million. Of cases known, it has been reported around 42% actually feel the pain during the operation, 70% experience psychological implications and 94% experience panic and anxiety.
“Awake” is a film that revolves around this very subject.
I have not watched the film myself, but from reading summaries and watching the trailer, I’m rather intrigued. (Not merely because of Hayden Christensen/Jessica Alba).
From the little information I’ve gathered, “Trust” is a major motif in this particular narrative.
When it comes to doctors, we really can’t escape from the idea of “Trust”. We trust them by placing our health, body and potentially our lives in their hands. But why? Why do we trust them? Because – well, they got through 4 years of college and another 4 for med school. Heck, they are the crème de la crème of your graduating class. (The pre-laws/pre everything else are great too) They should really know their stuff. Our common sense tells us that we could. Because they are professionals. I would argue in today’s science driven world, there is an element of blind trust when it comes to medical professionals. We trust them to the point that we don’t even question their authority. And with this given authority, comes power, and power with status (and of course, money will follow). The heartbreaking truth is, some professionals abuse this trust, and thus stories like “Doctor charged with sexual assault” or "Doctor-administers-HCl-acid-to-kid-instead-of-antibiotics" make headlines.
Posted by janice t at 7:53 PM