Medicine’s Dirty Little Secret

Last May, I read a heartbreaking letter from the fiancé of a paramedic who killed himself. It was the second suicide by an employee of Austin Travis County EMS in seven months. Before that, I learned about two suicides and one suicide attempt by nurses I had worked with in the ER. Then in 2015, I began to hear about physician and medical student suicides from Dr. Pamela Wible who speaks boldly and honestly about this tragedy among our people. Every one of these suicides shares a common thread, a preventable one: they are all victims of the high-stress, abusive and broken system the industry of medicine has created.

When we are called into this profession, we naturally take on the responsibility of the world. Continued on Huffington Post.

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