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Thomas Jefferson said that given the choice between government without newspapers and newspapers without government, he would choose to have newspapers.

In medicine we have government without newspapers. Patients cannot find out what they need to know to make informed choices. No one in medicine records or reports the information patients need to know the most. So patients will have to.


Ordinary people do horrible things
when they think they can get away with them

Rough Draft / Under Construction

Dr. Sales was used to thinking of himself in a certain way. It was not in the way others saw him, but that is not unusual. When his all white team played football against a black school in high school, he called them blue gums without thinking that was he was a racist. When he taunted or beat up freshmen he did not think of himself as a bully. When he was a college freshman and got a fifteen year old girl drunk and had sex with her, he did not think of himself as a lawbreaking predator. He bragged about it.

If he had been asked to testify under oath about why he had become a surgeon, no part of his testimony would have revealed the desire to become the alpha male who got the nurses. He would repeat the litany that people in medicine believe about themselves and their colleagues - the desire to help people.

Watching him in his offices and in the hospital would be enough to understand better, unless you were one of the people similarly indoctrinated. It's not that the lust and the egos and the politics are not noticed in medicine. But what they notice does not get added to the tally. The evidence of their senses selectively is sifted to eliminate that which does not support the way they want to think about themselves.

So when he assaulted Aaron on the operating table, there was not one cell in his brain that felt guilty or wrong.




Aaron's Uncle Bob married into the family when he was 20. When he was 19 he had come home from his freshman year at college saying they hadn't taught him anything and he wasn't going back. He wanted to go into business. His father was in business and helped him out. Uncle Bob got rich. Twenty years later his wife was complaining  to Aaron's mom about their eldest son. He had come home from college after his freshman year saying he wasn't going back. Aaron's mom said, "Sounds just like his father."
"What do you mean?"
"Didn't his father do the same thing?"
There was a long pause after which Aaron's mom said, "Do you mean you've forgotten that Bob quit college after his freshman year?"
"I think even Bob has forgotten."

Uncle Bob had homes in several cities, belonged to the best country clubs in each of them and was used to thinking of himself in a certain way. Quitting college wasn't one of the ways.


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Under Construction


Persons, places, events, names and situations in this story are purely fictional.
Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or to their names or histories,
is coincidental and unintentional.


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