Letter: Physicians must avoid passing cruel judgments

Physicians must avoid passing cruel judgments

To the editor:

As a parent of a son with multiple disabilities you are often at the mercy of medical professionals. Most of these encounters are routine and uneventful.

Recently we had some medical issues that required us to see a physician out of our area. After our visit, I requested the medical records to bring to our local doctor. Imagine my surprise and disgust to read the opening statement from this physician, who had only spent 10 minutes with us. "The patient is a very unfortunate young man."

The fact that this physician could write a personal opinion in a medical record based on nothing but assumption is completely and utterly offensive. I have been told that this is a common phrase used by many physicians in medical records. I certainly hope that is not the case.

If one person in the entire medical field reads this and realizes how disrespectful and insulting this terminology is and refrains from using it, then I will have attained my goal. To say someone like my son is "very unfortunate" is to pass judgement. Our son has a very fulfilling and meaningful life. Our son was put here to teach us all about life and unconditional love and if this physician can't see that, then he is truly the unfortunate one.

Christina McHugh, Lee


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