Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell...

Via Squander Two, medics in Canada have been up to no good. And it's taken a long time to come to light:
This has been going on for years, and, out of all the medical students to pass through Canada's teaching hospitals in that time, one has noticed that it's immoral.

One.
While over in 'CiF', Rosa Freedman (a researcher on human rights at Queen Mary, University of London - there's a FAIL!, right out of the box..), sees nothing wrong in advancing the theory that everyone should be compulsorily tested for STDs:
An individual's right to decide whether to find out their status is trumped by other people's rights to know the risk of infection. Would compulsory tests be unpopular? Probably.
She's getting a thoroughly well-deserved kicking in the comments.

But I doubt she's reading them. For the same reasons those medics in Canada didn't bother to ask the question...

4 comments:

Krauser said...

Try suggesting mandatory paternity testing. Woah, the femtards won't like that one. Wimmin's liberation requires the right for wimmin to cuckhold sucker men

Macheath said...

re Canadian medics

In 'Stiff' - an entertaining exmination of death - Mary Roach describes how the advent of general anaesthesia meant that in US teaching hospitals,

'while a patient was under, the surgeon might invite a student to practice an appendectomy. Never mind that the patient didn't have appendicitis.One of the more common transgressions was the gratuitous pelvic exam.'

Sadly her bibliography is not detailed enough for further research - it would be interesting to get the patients' perspective on this.

Angry Exile said...

My flabber is ghasted. Looks like Canada is yet another country to avoid, or at least avoid getting ill in. My lack of a vagina might not be enough to put some of these professional orifice fondlers off.

JuliaM said...

"Try suggesting mandatory paternity testing. Woah, the femtards won't like that one."

They kicked up quite the fuss about having to name the father on birth certificates, didn't they?

"...it would be interesting to get the patients' perspective on this."

Indeed! I wonder how many other countries this was common practice in?

"My flabber is ghasted. Looks like Canada is yet another country to avoid..."

I'm surprised it hasn't been a more widely publicised scandal. S2's blog was the first I'd heard of it.