Imagine walking up to a doctor’s office and seeing this sign on the door:
According to the story in the Orlando Sentinel, Dr. Jack Cassell defends the offensive sign by stating “I’m not turning anybody away — that would be unethical,” Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. “But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it.”
I showed this to the Primary Wife, and she said it was obvious to her that the good doctor didn’t go into medicine for the medicine.
It just proves to me that the deference shown to doctors is not always deserved. It just so happens there are more than a few doctors in my Rolodex(take THAT,kids!) so I made a few calls to see if what most of them thought about this. Wow. Poll this group about anything else, and you’d be hard pressed to reach a consensus. But on this, they were in complete and total agreement…Unethical, irresponsible, bordering on criminal.
I would hope that those with a higher level of education would understand that fostering division in our country is harmful to everyone. In the modern version of the Hippocratic Oath, this line stands out:
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm
I think we should all be mindful of that, but especially those entrusted with our health and well-being.
I believe I’ll write the man a note reminding him of his obligations.