Job Evaluation (Doctor).
Gooddoctors are the ones who put thehealth and safety of a patient above all other things. They canempathisewith their patients, are interested in the patient as a person, showcompassion, care, and kindness. Good doctors exercise patience whendealing with a difficult patient. Thisincludes, not getting angry at a patient who is afraid of medicationor needles. They should be stern and professional when treating ordealing with a sick person. The two short stories, Indian Camp andUse of Force tell the stories of two doctors handling patients indifficult circumstances. Thereare various similarities and differences in thetwo stories regardingthe quality of the doctors` assistants, how the patients feel abouttheir doctors, and the effectiveness of the doctors` treatment oftheir patients.
There are similaritiesin the quality of the doctors` assistants in the stories. Both theassistants are not cooperative,and they get in the way of the doctor`sduties to treat the patients. In Use of Force, the father of thepatient hesitates to hold his daughter because he is afraid that hewould hurt her. In Use of Force the narrator says, "Thefather tried his best, and he was a big man, but the fact that shewas his daughter, his shame at herbehaviour andhis dread of hurting her made him release her just at the criticaltime when I almost achieved success.." He is afraid he wouldhurt his daughter,and as a result, it isdifficult forthe doctor to examine the patient (Williams). In Indian Camp, UncleGeorge is bitten by the patient,and he says, "Damn squaw bitch!"(Hemingway 170). The word"squaw" is an offensive term for an Indian woman. Thisshows that he is not cooperative as an assistant should be. Both ofthem allow their feelings to influence their behaviour toward thepatients. In Indian Camp, Uncle George uses an offensive word torefer to the patient. Thisindicates that he has a negative opinion of Indian women. The factthat he says "Damn squaw bitch!" (Hemingway 70) tothe patient shows that he let his feelings and opinions influence hisact toward her. Matilda`s father`s love for his daughter makes ithard for him to perform his duty. The doctor in the Use of Forcesays, "The fact that she was his daughter, his shame for herbehaviour and his dread ofhurting her made him release her at thecritical time when I almost achieved success." (Williams). He isunable to do what isexpected sincethee patient is his daughter. The quality of both assistants is notgood because they let their feelings undermine their duties.
The way the patientsfeel about their doctors in the two short stories is similar. Boththe patientsin the stories have negative attitudes toward the doctors and are notcooperative. The child in Use of Force is not very compliant or warmto DrForce. The narrator in Use of Force says, "The child was fairlyeating me up with her cold, steady eyes, and no expression toher face whatever."(William). She even attacks the doctor whenhe tries to examine her. The doctor in the Use of Force says, "As Imoved my chair a little nearer suddenly with one catlike movementboth her hands clawed instinctively for my eyes, and she almostreached them too. In fact, she knocked my glasses flying, and theyfell, though unbroken, several feet away from me on the kitchenfloor."(Williams). The girl is not pleased to see DrForce and does not want him to examine her. She uses violence to keepthe doctor from treating her,and despite the numerous efforts, she remains defensive. Her negativeattitude toward the doctor is clearfrom her behaviour.In Indian Camp, the patient bites one of the men assisting thedoctor."Later,when he started to operate Uncle George and three Indian men held thewoman still. She bit Uncle George on the arm"(Hemingway 70). The act of bitingsomeone who is helping the doctor shows that she has a negativefeeling toward the doctor.The fact that she did not bitethe other men can also indicate how she feels about the doctor.She does not react to the doctors help after the operation. Thenarrator states that"Hebent over the Indian woman. She was quiet now, and her eyes wereclosed."(Hemingway 70). There is no effort on her part to thank the doctorfor safely delivering the baby and saving her life. The woman may bea painat the time,but the fact that she bites the physician`sassistant and does not show appreciation for the service indicatesthat she does not like the doctor.
There aresimilarities and differences in how effectivelythe doctors treat their patients. Both DrCamp and DrForce act in the best interest of the patients. They are determinedto carry out their duties to treat their patients. In Indian Camp,the doctor washes his hands thoroughly before he carries out theoperation on the woman in labour. It isstated that "Hebegan to scrub his hands in the basin of hotwater with a cake soap he had brought from the camp. Nick watched hisfather`s hands scrubbingeach other with soap. While his father washed his hands verythoroughly." (Hemingway 69). Thisis to ensure that the health and safety of the patient and the motherarenot compromised.He is keen on using clean hands in operation because he values thehealth of the patient. DrForce is determined to examine the patient despite her efforts tokeep him from doing so. He knows that using force to examine her isbest for her. In the Use of Force he says:"Perhaps I would havedesisted and come back in an hour or more. No doubt it would havebeen better. But I have seen at least two children lying dead in bedof neglect in such cases, and feeling that I must get a diagnosis nowor never."(Williams). Hedoes what he has to do toensure his patient`s health.
The differences betweenthe effective treatment of these two doctors include DrCamp is more effectivethan DrForce,and Dr Camp is more kind, caring and humane than DrForce. In Indian Camp, DrCamp is more effectivein treating his patient. He delivers the baby, checks on the motherand father of the child, and assures the mother that he would be backthe next morning. He says, "I`ll be back in the morning, thenurse should be here from St. Ignancebynoon, and she`ll bring everything we need."(Hemingway70). This communication instils confidence in the patient and showsthat he is kind, caring, and humane. DrForce, on the other hand, is less compassionate.The doctor in the Use of Force portrays an image of a cruel personwhen he says, "Icould have torn the child apart in my fury and enjoyed it. It was apleasure to attack her."(Williams).This statement shows that he is cruel, unkind, and is therefore noteffectivein the treatment of his patient.
Inconclusion, it is clear that there arevarious similarities and differences in the two short stories. Theassistants and patients in both stories are similar. The doctors havea few similarities and differences regardingtheir effectiveness in treating the patients. DrCamp is more humane and fits the definition of a good doctor while DrForce is cruel.
Hemingway, Ernest. "IndianCamp." In OurTime. New York:Boni&Liveright.
William, Carlos. W. "Useof Force". Classic Short Stories. 2017.
http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/force.html.Accessed 12 April
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