This week in class we touched on major instances of medical abuse in the 20th and 21st Century. The cases that we covered in class was both shocking and interesting in my opinion. Some of the cases we discussed I was very familiar with, but the others I didn’t know much about. I was in awe when I saw that in these cases hundreds of people died and they did not make a big deal about it, like it was normal. I believe they reacted this way because they felt they were doing something good, but they were really causing a lot of harm to people at the end of the day. They felt this way because at this point their studies and results meant more to them than people’s lives. Their main focus was to make history and make a difference, but they approached this situation completely the wrong way.
In the future as I become closer to accomplishing my goal in becoming a doctor I will make sure I do not perpetuate these thoughts and actions by finding a balance between my study and my participants. I will make sure my study is something I am passionate about, but I will make sure that the participants are not being harmed and they will know everything they will encounter during the study. It is important that we discuss these topics because several individuals aren’t knowledgeable about what has happened during these studies or in history period. Therefore, if you don’t know about these cases then you are at risk of making the same mistake that they made. Rather the events in history were good or bad we must learn how to appreciate how they have shaped, and continue to influence, the health care system that we work in today!