Saturday, April 9, 2011

Naked Doctor Power In The Netherlands

Just in case you've missed this in other stories, here's a perfect example of what I have long called "Doctor Power." Doctor Power is that authoritarian, arrogant air that many medicos display in telling everyone, patient and loved ones included, that they, the doctors will do what they like and others' wishes be damned. This story is from the Netherlands, but it happens thousands of times all over the world, including here in the US.
Netherlands: Debate over euthanasia resurrected after court rules to cease a patient's artificial respiration
A terminally ill 67-year-old man interned at the Máxima Medisch Centrum – a hospital facility in the southern Dutch town of Veldhoven died last week after doctors stopped artificial respiration despite his wife’s protests. According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide news service, a day before the physicians ended the respiration support, a court in Den Bosch had rejected his wife’s request for an injunction which would have forced the hospital to continue treatment. more

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