As a chiropractor I probably hear a disproportionate amount of people who are dissatisfied with their past medical experience. (I’d say it is still most common that folks have explored medical options before they come to our office) Some of that is related to unreasonable expectations no doubt. We’ve been taught our medical system is the best in the world (and it is in so many ways) and that it is constantly advancing. We have learned terms like “the miracle of modern medicine.” That is quite a standard to live up to and we expect it.
With that I was interested when I saw this article. It is a helpful check on our expectations. Particularly when we have procedures that are so clearly traumatic to our bodies (though often needed) like surgery, chemotherapy, or powerful antibiotics. Reasonable expectations may help.