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This is a book on the book, “The Use of Force” which is authored by William Carlos. This essay critically examines the main thoughts presented in this book. The essay is written with an aim of depicting what the author, who is a doctor experience in his daily duties of interacting with patients. To accomplish this analysis the essay picks up an appropriate thesis statement: The Use of Force,” the author draws upon his experiences as a physician to paint a realistic picture of the doctors’ struggle between being an empathetic caregiver and a thorough physician. In building and supporting this thesis statement the analysis will make use of excerpts from the text to depict the claims of the thesis statement. This will be strategically in order to give a true implication of what the author depicts in reference to physicians.

The book is in the form of a doctor narrating his story. From the narration given it is clear that the doctor loves his job and does it passionately willing to do all he can to ensure that all the patients under his charge get the best. The narrations however also shows the challenges that the doctor undergoes and through such helps to see some of the emotional stresses and dilemmas doctors are exposed to. The book analysis is quite relevant in the current time taking into account the ever increasing shortage in personal in the medical field drawing those in the field to a major dilemma of either being thorough professions or just caregivers. This book review is expected to act as quick remind of the problems hitting the nation and the need to come up with a long lasting solution.

The open starts by narrating a situation whereby a doctor meets a new patient; the book depicts the various emotions that doctors undergo in the course of their duties. In the first situation as depicted by the book, a doctor whom is summoned to attend to female patient is depicted to be a dilemma as the parent of the patient are much concern about their child but at the same time are doubtful of what the doctor can do to improve the situation. The doctor suspect diphtheria and proceeds to examines the patient’s mouth but he is forced to use force with the help of his father. It should be noted that the doctor at this point is amazed with the beauty of the patient; “After all, I had already fallen in love with the savage brat, the parents were contemptible to me. In the ensuing struggle they grew more and more abject, crushed, exhausted while she surely rose to magnificent heights of insane fury of effort bred of her terror of me” (William 2). The author at this point depicts an experience that the doctors undergo. Being human with biological feelings, doctors always encounter such kind of attractions from females and likewise males who are beautiful and handsome in that order. As a matter of fact, the fact that the doctor at time is forced to make body contacts with the patient makes the attraction process probably irresistible for the doctor. For the case of male doctors the situation might be too much if the patient is beautiful and probably body examination is required which requires the patient to get off her clothes.

The above first opening situation also depicts another conflict which doctors often encounter in most of the cases; the use of force. The doctor uses force with the help of the child’s parent to open her mouth. By doing this the doctor uses force to achieve an end which he believes is right and good for all. The author writes the following in the book, “In a final unreasoning assault I overpowered the child’s neck and jaws. I forced the heavy silver spoon back of her teeth and down her throat till she gagged. And there it was – both tonsils covered with membrane” (William, 2). But then one may pose to ask a question on whether it is right for one wrong means to achieve what may be viewed as a good end. The use of in such situations as depicted above is likely to draw doctors into some kind of conflicts with the patients. The conscience of the doctors might be clear but the patients might keep on pointing fingers at the doctors drawing the doctors into dilemma of whether they should carry out their duties professionally or be sympathetic to the patients.

The author moves on to show how the use of force often draws doctors into dilemma which leads emotions depicting their strengths and weaknesses. In a very clear way the author has been able to depict that personal impulses has the ability to make people behave in different patterns. The author shows this through the Doctor and Matilda whereby the doctor is seen to regret seeing children dying because of waiting and as such he is not ready to let such happen again. This is a depiction of how emotion can overcome the doctor’s duties. Under such influence one is forced to weigh out whether the doctor will make a correct decision being under the influence of emotions. This truly brings out the conflict and the dilemma of the doctor’s duties of whether they should be thorough in their duties or should they be also empathetic in their duties. It is a big dilemma because either of the above is significant and equally has significant repercussions which ought to be avoided. It is clear that if the doctor does not do something the children will keep on dying but at the time there is a need for tone to display professionalism.

According to professor Ensminger (2003), the use of force is a good thing. Arguing in reference to this story the Ensminger (2003) claims that the doctor used force to help the patient; he argues that one ought to turn to application of force when all the other means have failed. Ensminger (2003) writes, “I strongly believe that force is necessary when all other peaceful means of communicating are exhausted and when it is beneficial to both parties” and further defends the doctors saying, “What he did was not an injustice, but a useful and practical tactical solution to find out what he needed to know” (Ensminger, 1). Ensiminger (2003) bring up an argument concerning the discipline and children in giving further explanation on the defense he makes for the doctor. He claims that unlike in the distant past, children in the present time and quite indiscipline due to being exempted from use on them. He seems to blame the society at the present time because of looking down upon use of force as bad practice which destroys children while that is not the case at all. Ensiminger (2003) goes further to anayse the different types of force which ought to be differentiated. He does this by giving illustrations from experiences from the great depression whereby children were forced to eat all the food that was placed on their plates. This he claims is a good force which teaches children the values of resources. He further gives an example of a bad use of force where by the parents force their children to accomplish dreams which are of interest to the parents rather than the children and in some cases things which do not even interest the children. Ensiminger (2003) refers back to the story and claims that the child who is the patient has been brought up without being subjected to any kind of force. This is the reason why the child is not able to cooperate with the doctor. Such children make it hard to tame and make them sociable. As seen in the narration the doctor is drawn into some kind of disciplinary action. As seen in the narration doctor is forced to carry out a kind of disciplinary action on the child in an effort to treat her.

The story evokes with great immediacy a number of important issues about doctoring: the predicament of having quickly to assess a medical/social situation in an unfamiliar, even hostile environment; the doctor’s impressive powers of observation; his concern to do the right thing medically; the anxiety of the sick child’s parents; the power that the doctor wields; the dark side of human nature which may allow such power to surface in unsavory ways and which the professional, like any rational person, has under most circumstances learned to control (Fellice par. 1).

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