The State Of American Healthcare Essay

841 Words Sep 1st, 2016 4 Pages
The State of American Healthcare Based on the technology and innovation of the twenty-first century, one would like to think that the American health care system is healthy and always in the best interest of the patients. However, this is not always the case. Susannah Cahalan tells her own story through the eyes of a patient being drastically affected by America’s crippled healthcare system. Upon completion of medical school, most medical doctors will take the Hippocratic Oath, essentially pledging to not knowingly harm patients. Building upon this oath, one thinks they can safely assume that doctors keep up with new technology and discoveries, but this may not always be true Cahalan’s Brain on Fire sheds light on the failing health care system that abandons the very principles that are supposed to be its foundation. Susannah Cahalan suffered from anti-NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis, a debilitating disease that too often leads in death. Plagued by paranoia, hallucinations, seizures, and eventually an almost vegetative state, even Cahalan’s own family started to question her sanity. Wrong diagnoses ranging from bipolar disease only led to more frustration and worsening symptoms. Even one of the world’s best neuroscientists, Dr. Bailey, misdiagnosed Cahalan. It was not until Dr. Najjar gave her a simple test, which involved drawing a clock. Dr. Najjar was able to tell from this simple test that Cahalan’s brain, on the right side, was inflamed. The…

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