Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | Jun. 5, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
Part of my job as a physician is not merely to diagnose and treat medical problems, but to ascertain the causes underlying illness and attempt to address them. Each patient is unique, with a disease tailor-made to their risk factor: the Vietnam veteran with emphysema from smoking, the diabetic farmer with kidney failure, or the alcoholic with heart failure. It is easy to cultivate a “blame the victim” mentality. Why don’t they eat less and exercise more and stop smoking and drinking and employ some self-control? The myriad of reasons for illness in modern America are more complex than such a reductionist view.