Originally Posted by Dr. Broncenstein
I have personally saved the lives of four people this month alone: A multiple stabbing victim with bilateral tension pneumothorax and hemorrhagic shock... a ruptured psuedoanyeurism on a hemodialysis graft... a flail chest with hemopneumthorax and a grade four splenic laceration... and my personal favorite - a 17 year old girl with bilateral empyema from pneumonia, septic shock, respiratory failure, and trapped lungs-- on whom I performed bilateral thoracotomy / decortication and a tracheostomy. These are 4 people who were as good as dead until I intervened. They have all gone home to their families except for the 17 year old girl... who will go home next week... her trach was discontinued today. Why don't you ask them if I'm a rip off artist. Oh yeah... I did it all on my 40k surgical resident salary. You have absolutely no idea the sacrifice and dedication a physician puts into his craft.
I'm not going to hijack the thread - but i've run into some ****ty doctors as well as some good ones. Just like any other profession (except politician).