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I DO not think that surgeons should have the moral right to act like God and decide who should live and who should die. Every human being should have the right to live and to be given whatever amount of treatment it takes to do so, regardless of whether they smoke, drink, are obese or anything else.


THEY should only operate on people who smoke if the operating theatre has extractor fans! Or if they are operating on a smoker shouldn't they do it outside the hospital?


AREN'T surgeons bound by the Hippocratic Oath or is that no longer practised these days?

Anyway, I was under the impression that surgeons can't play the political game of who to save and who not to save. They have to be seen as being neutral and to save a person's life come what may.

If surgeons are given the right to decide then where do you draw the line?


I SUPPOSE the next thing will be not to allow people who smoke or drink etc into hospitals at all. Pathetic!

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 8, 2008
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