Friday, December 22, 2006
As Shakespeare Said*
Dr Dork is irate.
This case from the UK is one of the most ridiculous examples of tort law he has ever seen.
The anaesthetist in question is penalised for providing the advice that quitting smoking would prolong this persons lifespan. This is true. This is an attempt to act in the patients best interest. This is trying to do good, when it is easier to say nothing - to the belligerent patient in comfortable denial, regarding the ramifications of their habits upon their health.
Perhaps if the baby in question were premature, it could sue its mother for smoking throughout the pregnancy?
*"The first thing we must do, is kill all the lawyers". Dick the Butcher; King Henry VI, Shakespeare.
Despite popular interpretation as the first derogatory lawyer joke, in the context of Henry VI it is rather complimentary. Perhaps.
Posted by Dr Dork