Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I would like to learn more about the Religion of Peace. I would like to hear from Muslims who can teach me about their faith so that I will not have erroneous ideas. I would like someone who knows more about Islam than I do to tell me, please, for the love of God, that a good Muslim would think this wrong (photo source here):
KevinMD alerted me today (I know - I'm, like, a week behind on the news) to the case of an Egyptian doctor convicted of malpractice for "driving" a female member of the Saudi Arabian royal family to narcotic addiction.
She had received painkillers as part of back pain treatment in the United States.
Her government appears unwilling or unable to acknowledge that addiction is a disease process that affects genetically vulnerable people despite their physicians' best efforts to provide relief of suffering correctly.
Any chance she pressured him to prescribe a certain narcotic for her? "Oh, Drug X doesn't work for me. I can only take Drug Y." Maybe. But maybe not. Maybe she just kept insisting on getting more. Maybe he suggested she needed more - sometimes the old dose just doesn't work for the pain any more. It's the nature of the beast. But is that his fault?
I don't know...maybe this is more than just about pain medicine...but WHAT is it about? What could justify the punishment he got, after serving the royal family for 20 years? Does anything warrant this kind of abominable cruelty? This kind of cruelty is personal, somehow. Vindictive, hateful, and personal. He offended them. How dare he.
He was sentenced to 7 years in prison and 750 lashes.
Then he appealed. Again, how dare he, I imagine them thinking.
So the judge increased his punishment (for what, someone tell me? For what?) to 14 years in prison and 1500 lashes.
It's not fair. This morning the nurses on labor and delivery rewarded me with cake and praise just for showing up to do a dawn epidural. We love it when you're on, Dr. T; you're so kind to the patients even when they're stressful patients, and you do such a good job. Here, have some maple walnut cake. I get pats on the back. He gets 70 lashes a week for months and months. We're both pain docs, trying to do our bit to relieve suffering.
What's WRONG with this picture?