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Surgery On a Neo-Nazi

Oath vs. principle: what would you do?

Published: December 25, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 127

(127) Richard, August 2, 2011 11:39 PM

Doctor could be 100% right

What struck me immediately about this story is that he is a reponsible professional doctor. When doctors get involved in delicate surgery when they need to feel empathy towards every twitch and sigh of the patient and constantly FEEL that what they are doing is the very best they can do, the doctor appears to have realised that he is totally out of tune with such an individual. He could not get himself to feel empathy in any way and was indeed showing the HIGHEST OF MEDICAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS by refraining from involvement in such surgery. If the patient's interests were to be served best, it would be more suitable to have it done by someone without such negative feelings.

(126) Shulamit, March 23, 2011 3:53 PM

It was a No Win Situation

If the doctor had gone ahead and then the man found out it was a JEW, he could have found any number of reasons to complain and sue. Things go wrong during surgery, it would have been blamed on the JEW. He could have been charged with negligence if anything at all had gone wrong. I am wondering why the doctor didn't ? That may be part of the problem too, Doctors now day make a rediculous amount of money, read charts and pass out dangerous drugs. Many of them have never even had a conversation with their patients or even examined them properly.

(125) Don, March 20, 2011 2:34 AM

Oath.

Neo-nazis always raise my blood presure. There is a clear linkage between tyroid problems and severe mental illnes (nazism being one of them). Maybe the operation could spark a light of sanity in that individual. But like I said neo-nazis always raise my blood presure. I guess I have a problem.

(124) Shirlee Rosenthal, February 3, 2011 3:41 AM

Surgery

I can understand the Dr.'s,feelings as a Jew I to hate what the Nazi's did to our people. As you say if he was making a statement, that was wrong. However, look at Haddasah Hospital in Israel, Drs. and Nurses are treating the very people we are fighting, some of those patients are grateful and some are not. I have got to believe we a compassionate people and always will be. Amen Shalom Shirlee

(123) Anonymous, January 20, 2011 3:45 PM

nursing

As a nurse, I have to care for many patients. I have care for many that are anti-Jewish. I have still care for them. Their feelings of hate sadden me. I still pray that one day they will find it within themselves to overcome their feelings of negativity & hate. I aggree with the Rabbi that if the doctor was making a statement, then his actions were wrong. I do understand why the doctor felt the way that he did. It is hard to move past personal feelings in your professional life.

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