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And most of the physician interviewees refer people needing ambulation and other mobility aids to physical and discount 100mg clomiphene fast delivery, sometimes effective 50 mg clomiphene, occupational therapists. Lawrence Jen, a rheumatologist, ﬁnds that many patients use a cane in- correctly: “They carry it in the wrong hand, and they use it as a gentle sup- port, not really pushing down. If people have fallen, I have to talk them into using canes or a walker. Jen worries that most physicians do not use rehabilitation professionals. It may not ﬁt, she may not have the upper arm strength to use it, and she may not even know how to use it. Gen- erally, physical therapists play four roles: evaluating people’s physical ca- pacity; delineating appropriate equipment options; training people how to use their equipment for maximum advantage; and following up, to see how people actually use ambulation aids in their homes. In this latter activity, they sometimes overlap with occupational therapists, who typically focus on how people can best use equipment to perform daily tasks. On the day of our focus group, Donna Hitchcock, a physical therapist, had seen a man who falls repeatedly. So I 194 mbulation Aids joked, “Next time you come in, make sure you bring the lawn mower! Obviously, I don’t think I’ll need the six-minute walk test with him if he can mow all those lawns, but some of the more primary measure- ments—addressing his strength and tone and just standing, bal- ance, and other things to get an idea of what’s going on. Hitchcock must consider factors beyond the patient’s physical capabil- ities, including cognitive functioning, to address fully his safety. People’s performance with their ambulation aids in the clinic may not equal how they will do at home. Visiting homes to see how people use their mobility aids is therefore essential; after all, the greatest risk for falls is at home (Tinetti and Speechley 1989; Tinetti et al. After many home visits, Gary McNamara is realistic but believes ambulation aids can im- prove people’s lives. I’ve got patients who will use their cane all around their house, but there’s no way they’ll go outside with it. So we got her a walker, a rolling walker with nice glide caps so that it won’t catch and make the horrible sound on her ﬂoors. Sometimes, if I stand up and put on my big voice, they think I’m authoritative, and they’ll listen. And sometimes it’s demonstrating with facts and numbers that statistically your fall chance is 20 percent without it. Ambulation Aids / 195 living with ambulation aids Jimmy Howard calls his cane his “assistant” and uses it everywhere, keep- ing it at his bedside at night. Sometimes his wife humorously rebukes the cane, but Jimmy would rather use his assistant than rely on her arm: “I’m very independent. Despite their rubber tips, canes slip on shiny ﬂoors or in tiny puddles, making people fall. Cyn- thia Walker always leaves her crutches upstairs when she needs them downstairs.
By the late 1960s the long post-war economic boom was coming to an end and in the early 1970s all Western economies went into recession clomiphene 50mg on line, with the return of inflation and unemployment on a scale not seen since the 1930s order clomiphene 50mg without a prescription. The 134 THE CRISIS OF MODERN MEDICINE resulting upsurge in trade union militancy in Europe was linked to a wider youthful radicalisation across the Western world, most conspicuously in the USA, where it was linked to causes of black civil rights, women’s liberation and opposition to the Vietnam War. From the late 1960s onwards, conditions of social stability and political consensus that had prevailed for more than two decades began to break down, with wide-ranging consequences, for doctors and health care systems as for other institutions in society. In terms of the effects of these social forces on medicine, the 1970s can be divided into two phases: an early radical, optimistic, phase and a later phase of conservative reaction in which a more pessimistic outlook became increasingly influential. The radical challenge One of the central principles of the radical upsurge symbolised by the May 1968 events in Paris was the commitment to self-expression and to the assertion of individuality against structures of society perceived as authoritarian and oppressive. In the USA, where the collectivist traditions still upheld by labour movements in Europe were conspicuously weak, and individualistic values were deeply rooted in popular culture, the youthful assertion of individuality took a particularly vigorous form. As the civil rights cause lost momentum as a protest movement in the 1970s, it offered a model for a range of ‘new social movements’ advocating the rights of women, students, gays, children, benefit claimants and many more. In what Starr characterised as a ‘generalisation of rights’ there was a dramatic expansion in both the ‘variety and detail’ of rights demanded: Medical care figured prominently in this generalisation of rights, particularly as a concern of the women’s movement and in the new movements specifically for patients’ rights and for the right of the handicapped, the mentally ill, the retarded and the subjects of medical experiments. No such right had ever been recognised in law, least of all in the USA, where access to health care was strictly 135 THE CRISIS OF MODERN MEDICINE controlled according either to the insurance principle or to strict eligibility criteria for state welfare services. Nevertheless, the claim for health care as a right was ‘for a time so widely acknowledged as almost to be uncontroversial’. Given the universal access to health care offered by the NHS in Britain, the demand for health care as a right had little resonance. However, the wider demand for rights in health care, arising from a ‘new self-assertiveness among the sick’, soon became apparent on both sides of the Atlantic (Porter 1997: 689). This spirit was expressed in the emergence of self-help and pressure groups and in a general decline in deference to medical authority. Two movements—feminism and ‘anti-psychiatry’—were particularly influential in the growing challenge to the medical profession. Though these movements expressed an individualistic and consumerist perspective, both were associated with wider goals of personal and social liberation. These movements expressed the concerns of patients, but they also won some support among a younger generation of radical practitioners. They were also significant in linking the discontents of the world of medicine with those of the wider society. The women’s health movement criticised medical intervention in women’s lives as paternalistic and patronising and particularly questioned doctors’ control over pregnancy and childbirth, contraception and abortion. British feminist Ann Oakley provided a list of controversies over ‘the modern male-controlled reproductive care system’: These protests cover such topics as the undue use of surgical abortion techniques (as opposed to the safer and less traumatic suction method), the overuse of radical as opposed to conservative surgery for breast and reproductive tract diseases, the resistance of doctors to hormone replacement therapy for menopausal problems, inadequate attention paid to the psychological traumata of reproductive experiences, and, perhaps most central of all, the modern, male-controlled, hospitalized and increasingly technological pattern of child-birth management. She 136 THE CRISIS OF MODERN MEDICINE concluded by asserting that the political programme of the women’s movement should include regaining control over reproductive care from doctors who had taken it out of the hands of midwives and other ‘wise women’. The Boston Women’s Health Collective handbook Our Bodies Ourselves, first circulated in a duplicated form in 1971 and published in 1972, rapidly made an international impact (Boston Women’s Health Collective 1972). A Women’s Health Handbook, subtitled ‘a self-help guide’, inspired by the Boston group, was published in Britain (MacKeith 1976).
It can feel uncom- fortable to consider the possibility that how we think or what we do (or *In addition to the more well-known psychological illnesses (like depression and anxiety) clomiphene 25mg on line, other common conditions that often involve sustained buy clomiphene 100 mg amex, intense physical signs and symptoms include somatization disorder (the conversion of mental experiences or states into bodily symptoms); pain disorder (long-term chronic pain without physical ﬁndings); conversion disorder (signs and symptoms usually related to motor function, such as difﬁculty walking, swallowing, speaking, and even seeing); and hypochondriasis (a preoccupation with the fear of developing or belief that one has a terrible disease). The Eight Steps to Self-Diagnosis 53 don’t do, as the case may be) can actually be the cause of our medical prob- lems—even if we are doing them in an effort to be more “healthy. In order to examine this from a neutral position, it is important to not judge our behavior; we need to simply observe and document it. Take your time to consider these questions, some of which are deliberately repetitious. Do you drink, smoke a joint, pop a pill; meet up and go home with people at bars, clubs, and parties? Or do you prefer to be alone and avoid social contact, not eat, watch movies or TV all night, surf the Net for hours, or exercise excessively? Do you overspend or collect things and then refuse to return or discard them? Do you avoid social con- tact because you are afraid of getting hurt like you were in the past? How do you feel about sleeping more than seven hours, napping in the afternoon, sleeping in late, 54 Becoming Your Own Medical Detective relaxing in general, and leaving chores undone in order to have time for fun or relaxation? The next question is whether any of these beliefs or behaviors could possi- bly be causing your mystery malady or making it worse. For example, some people believe that it is “lazy” to sleep more than a certain number of hours, lie down for a while in the afternoon, or “have fun” before getting all their work done. Some of these people may actually be sleep-deprived, which can cause many different illnesses. Without recognizing the underlying cause, the constant illness may seem a mystery. Another potentially problematic belief system and accompanying lifestyle is the opposite of having difﬁculty relaxing or getting rest. There Case Study: Claire Sometimes a belief system or lifestyle that leads to certain behaviors can obscure the identiﬁcation of a mystery malady in a loved one. At about the time of his retirement, George became a “collector” of things. He hated to throw anything away because he did not believe in wasting things. Neither George nor Claire understood that this behavior was a coping mechanism for George—pos- sibly deriving from the fear and belief that now that he was no longer earning an income they might not have enough money to survive past a certain age.
Several months earlier when the pain ﬁrst started safe 100mg clomiphene, she thought it was gas because she was always eating out at the fast- food places her kids enjoyed discount clomiphene 25 mg on-line. But she hadn’t received any relief from antacids or other over-the-counter preparations. She ended up in the emergency department where an electrocardiogram (EKG), arterial blood gases, and a chest x-ray were taken. When the doctors there were unable to ﬁnd the cause of her pain, she was admitted to the main hospital for observation and eval- uation. She subsequently received a stress test, an echocardiogram, and ulti- mately a cardiac catheterization. When those tests turned out to be normal, her physicians brought in an attending gastroenterologist to evaluate her for a possible abnormality in her stomach, gallbladder, or esophagus. After the 170 Diagnosing Your Mystery Malady gastroenterologist tried certain strong antacids and ulcer medications, he administered nitroglycerin. When these medications failed to relieve her pain, she was placed on narcotics. Her doctors sent her home and suggested to her husband, Tim, that she should see a psychiatrist. Although relieved to know that his wife didn’t have a heart problem, Tim felt more than a little angry about the situation. He had been living with his mother-in-law for the past two weeks, and the kids were acting up without their mother. Anna felt ashamed and embarrassed that she had caused all these prob- lems over what was apparently nothing. Her chest pain continued, but she was simply too humiliated to see a psychiatrist or complain again. She almost left her two-year-old child behind, alone in the house, when she departed for the supermarket. Now, in addition to being in physical pain, she was suffering from a crisis of conﬁdence. Anna was terriﬁed that she was now unable to handle the children or her life. Rosenbaum was the preceptor for the medical resident who was assigned to evaluate Anna after her discharge from the hospital. Rosenbaum applied the medical detective method and made some very basic observations that a number of well-trained and well-meaning physicians had failed to do. The key was the exact nature of Anna’s symptoms (speciﬁcally location, timing, and dura- tion—from Step One) and what made those symptoms better or worse (Step Three).