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Quote of the Day: We Are Not Martyrs

Enrico Zupi, OB/GYN and threat to maternal health in Rome, came under fire for sectioning 90 percent of the women in his “care.” Zupi attempts to explain his aggressive treatment of women by calling it “defensive medicine.”


“We shouldn’t be blamed. Our approach must be understood. We doctors are often sued for events and complications that cannot be classified as malpractice. So we turn to defensive medicine. We will keep acting this way as long as medical mistakes are not depenalized. We are not martyrs. So if a pregnant woman is facing an even minimum risk, we suggest her to [get a c-section]”


From the Wikipedia entry on Cesareans



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Reader Comments (7)

Wow. That is crazy!!

But technically his stance makes sense. They always say that you get sued for not cutting someone open. The whole mindset of obstetrics is so off base it is ridiculous

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKayce


I agree with the PP that his stance does have a certain amount of merit - in a litigious society, OBs especially tend to get "blamed" if something goes wrong that they could have possibly prevented by getting baby out "fast" with a section. (Not saying I think that stance is correct!) But 90%? Seriously?

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzchamu

Suggested edit: "OB/GYN and threat to maternal, fetal, and newborn health"! At 90% we're talking way more than mothers at risk.

This is horrifying. He should have his license revoked. If you don't want to get sued, don't do obstetrics. Don't put women's and babies' lives at risk to prove a political and economic point.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Romano

my god 90%! This man should not be allowed to practice medicine. Very sad that they feel the need to turn to so called "defensive medicine". OB/GYN's scare me.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertoni

People can debate for days about whether a 15% or 20% or 25% rate is justifiable or medically necessary, but when you hear of 40% and higher, you can instantly call shenanigans.

June 11, 2009 | Registered CommenterJill

I agree with all the other comments. The fact that there is a need for a term like 'defensive medicine' is very sad. At the same time, if he is that worried about being sued, he shouldn't be in the business to begin with. And WHY isn't this malpractice???

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I wish people would start suing BECAUSE they got a c-section. Even if they don't win, it'd start turning that whole "defensive medicine" excuse around.

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber
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