Monday, October 17, 2005

One More Reason to Keep Doctors on a Short Leash

Eric Rasmusen has a chilling post on how doctors never willingly admit that what they do ever causes pain. And David Bayly observes that in harvesting organs, doctors now routinely use anesthesia to remove the reactions of wincing, crying out, clutching, and more from those they have declared brain dead.

I once read "The Medical Ordeal of JFK" (in the December, 2002, issue of the Atlantic monthly. The high-minded point was supposed to be a meditation about secrecy, health, "the public's right to know" vs. "the right to privacy," and other such boilerplate. But what stuck with me was the one overwhelming lesson: keep yourself out of the hands of DOCTORS!