Doctors Can Be Socialized to Cooperate in “Unthinkable Practices,” Says Bioethicist

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From BioEdge: “‘Medical traditions are notoriously difficult to uproot, and academic medicine does not easily tolerate ethical dissent. I doubt the medical profession can be trusted to reform itself …’ [says Carl Elliot, author of The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No].

‘To embark on a career in medicine is like moving to a foreign country where you do not understand the customs, rituals, manners or language. Your main concern on arrival is how to fit in and avoid causing offense. This is true even if the local customs seem backward or cruel. What’s more, this particular country has an authoritarian government and a rigid status hierarchy where dissent is not just discouraged but also punished. Living happily in this country requires convincing yourself that whatever discomfort you feel comes from your own ignorance and lack of experience. Over time, you learn how to assimilate. You may even come to laugh at how naïve you were when you first arrived …

‘One of the great mysteries of human behavior is how institutions create social worlds where unthinkable practices come to seem normal. This is as true of academic medical centers as it is of prisons and military units. When we are told about a horrific medical research scandal, we assume that we would see it just as the whistle-blower Peter Buxtun saw the Tuskegee syphilis study: an abuse so shocking that only a sociopath could fail to perceive it.

‘Yet it rarely happens this way. It took Mr. Buxtun seven years to convince others to see the abuses for what they were. It has taken other whistle-blowers even longer. Even when the outside world condemns a practice, medical institutions typically insist that the outsiders don’t really understand.'”

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  2. Dr. Elliott: Our family has experienced extreme harm by doctors who seem to have been pathologically socialized to cooperate with inhumane practices. It makes sense to suspect that the screening of doctoral candidates, especially for psychiatry, actually involves subtle screening to potentiate that very goal, in order to maintain the momentum of this profit and power driven, regressive system. Thank you for persevering to expose the evil conflicts of interest.

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