iatrogenic /iat·ro·gen·ic/ (i-ă´tro-jen´ik) resulting from the activity of physicians; said of any adverse condition in a patient resulting from treatment by a physician or surgeon. (see more definitions here – medical dictionary: iatrogenic harm)
When a doctor harms you there are the additional insults of not only having trusted but also having paid someone for the service of hurting you…this is how one is also re-traumatized, adding even more layers to the injury.
Statistics for iatrogenic injury: Iatrogenic Disease: The 3rd Most Fatal Disease in the USA
For my personal story of iatrogenic harm from psychopharmaceuticals see here: The aftermath of polypsychopharmacology: my story on Dr. David Healy’s site
For more information on iatrogenic illness in psychiatry on this blog see here: Iatrogenic Illness