Exploitation of patient obsession

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Emotionally-influenced medical treatment

Surgeons continued to use injections of an enzyme, chymopapain, to dissolve ruptured discs, even after it was revealed that it probably aggravated the condition, because their patient preferred injections to surgery.


With the extensive increase in the range of health related products, whether pharmaceutical or advocated by the alternative health community, preoccupation with personal health can lead to debilitating psychological consequences. Some practitioners, especially of alternative cures, actively feed people's anxieties, without necessarily being able to focus on specific illnesses. Whereas practitioners of conventional medicine focusing on specific conditions, overlook the emotional, dietary and environmental causes which may subsequently engender others symptoms. Both approaches are distorted by a need to maximize the financial exploitation of the patient.

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
03.06.2019 – 19:21 CEST