Jtube: The Good Doctor

Would you care if you had a competent doctor who also had autism?

Would you care if you had a competent doctor who also had autism?

Comments (5)

(4) Nancy, December 6, 2017 6:17 PM

I have worked with individuals on the autism spectrum.....

And IMO this TV show is AWFUL. The script is just one big cliche. As I watched it I felt like people were shouting at me to look at the genius. (I realize I am being tangential, but please hear me out.) If you want to see a genuine portrayal of someone on the autism spectrum, I strongly advise you to watch the TV show Parenthood. There is a character in that show named Max, and he nails it. The acting and writing is nothing short of dazzling. Re: The original question. I believe we must always judge someone based on competence and our ability to communicate with the individual. If I ever encountered a surgeon on the autism spectrum who could help me in a way I needed, I would certainly want to work with that individual. Being on the spectrum does not mean that he/she cannot communicate at all. It just means he/she communicates differently.

(3) Lyone, December 5, 2017 9:23 AM

Please Stop Saying that People "Have Autism"

The proper terminology is that someone is "on the autism spectrum." Indeed one of the most important things about this show, The Good Doctor, is that the audience is educated about the reality of this *spectrum*. There is a very wide range of functionality on this spectrum, and it has nothing to do with someone's level of intelligence.
Personally speaking, if someone has the intelligence and the stamina to have already made it through college and Med school, then why shouldn't they be allow to actually practice medicine? I have encountered so many doctors with such lousy bedside manner, that they certainly have seemed somewhat emotionally retarded to me!

Decaffienated Al, December 6, 2017 9:30 PM

You correct the usage of "have autism", but go on to say "retarded"?

(2) Anonymous, December 4, 2017 11:38 PM

sure would.

we use an autistic specialist for one of our children - and pay extra because she doesn't take our current insurance. I trust her abilities and her stubbornness; she won't stop until she gets to the bottom of an issue.

(1) Alan S., December 3, 2017 4:33 PM

I would have no problem going to a competent doctor who was (mildly) autistic. But, the argument to hire the autistic surgeon given here is poor, and could be made for any person who did not fit the idealized version of a surgeon.

The African American doctor here hit the nail on the head: is it legitimate to compare being (mildly) autistic to being African-American or a woman? It comes down to the old slippery slope. Everyone needs to be judged individually, but when does one say enough is enough, or that is not 'good enough'.

I believe that if the autistic doctor is only diminished in his empathy, my opinion is that he is as good as half the doctors/surgeons already in practice.
Additionally, if the autistic doctor's hands are 'good as gold', again, he is better than half the doctors/surgeons already in practice.


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