Purposeful Summaries- phillygirl20

  1. Silent Minds

It seems counterintuitive that with all of the technology there is, doctor’s still struggle with misdiagnosing patients. Physicians misinterpret any noise a patient makes and things like their behavior as evidence of consciousness. Physicians also misinterpret their patients to being in the vegetative state when research later showed that these patients were “blind or severely visually impaired.” The argument ended with the story of Terri Schiavo, who spent fifteen years in vegetative state. Her death provoked a debate over the rights of severely brain- damaged patients.

http://notdeadyet.org/2007/10/new-yorker-silent-minds-article-on-pvs.html

2. Vancouver

It seems counterintuitive that anyone would try to combat heroin by giving addicts the best heroin. In Vancouver city, there is a safe zone called “insight” where addicts are given the best heroin with proper utensils without getting arrested by the police. This is their way to treat heroin addicts. The author says, “If you give these people doses of heroin every day and keep them comfortable and keep them docile and keep the sort of demons of heroin addiction at bay, then those people are much less likely to end up in an alley, dead with a needle in their arm, or much less likely to sell themselves sexually for money to buy drugs, or much less likely to break into somebody’s car to steal something, or to shoplift or to strong-arm rob or to whatever. So the harm that they can cause to themselves and society is reduced if you simply give them the drug.” In a way this is preventing the rapid death amongst the heroin addicts, but this is not a cure for them.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-02-04/vancouver-combats-heroin-giving-its-addicts-best-smack-world

3. Is PTSD Contagious?

It seems counterintuitive that PTSD is being considered being contagious. Research shows that PTSD is rampant amongst returning vets and now it is showing amongst their family as well. PTSD, meaning post traumatic stress disorders that is most of the time found in returning vets who was recently involved in a war. PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that occurs after experiencing a traumatic event which doesn’t make sense for the family of a vet to feel if they’ve never experienced the traumatic event. I believe the family of a returning vet may experience like symptoms, but not actually be diagnosed with PTSD.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/ptsd-epidemic-military-vets-families/

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