Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Slippery Slope

WARNING: The following article, as linked is not safe for work. Reader discretion is advised.

From wtsp.com out of Tampa, FL:

Dr. Daniel R. Lerom is listed in documents as having a long-standing sexual relationship with his Lakeland patient, listed only as "HK" in a lawsuit filed with Hillsborough County Circuit Court.

So am I resorting to yellow journalism now? This seems like the sort of thing that would make a racy tabloid's inner pages, right? Well here's the money quote:

Ken Kramer is a researcher for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a group that investigates psychiatric abuse.

Kramer was very upset to learn about the details in this case. "It's a felony. It's against the hippocratic oath. It's something you just don't do."

Last time I checked, abortion and assisted suicide were both "against the hippocratic oath" as well. You let the (seemingly) small things go, and it's easy for the rest of your standards to crumble. After all, HK and The Doctor were two presumably-consenting adults.

How about you start standing up for the unconscious, the terminally ill, and the unborn, Mister Kramer? Your complaints about hippocratic oath-breaking will ring hollow to me unless and until you do.

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