Anna Karetnikova: ‘They’re going to write Pulmonary Embolism anyway’

16 February 2024

Source: Facebook

PE (pulmonary embolism) is the name of a disease that at least prison medics use in a kind of, well, somewhat figurative, general sense. It might go like this: “Why did the patient die?” “Oh, forget about it, they’re going to write PE anyway, whoever does the examination. . . .”

To my incomprehension at first the doctors explained it’s something that can explain anything. A universal diagnosis that’s hard to prove and because of that convenient. Did the patient die of kidneys or liver? Who said they didn’t render medical assistance? Forget it, they did. Thrombosis, sudden death.

He wound up dead for no reason? Yesterday he was healthy? Hey, wait a minute, sure, but you realize it’s more than likely going to end up being PE. . . .

And after saying this the doctor can look off to the side, or shrug, or heave a sigh.


Translated by Marian Schwartz

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