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 One doctor’s reflection on the days back in medical school in the late 50’s and early 60’s:


“I realize that it was the dark ages but during training with hysterectomy we would open bladder and repair for learning only. Certainly can’t do that now . Joe C”


-April 25, 2006



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Oh, the lovely OB-GYN-L list....how I loathe thee for being the impetus for my momentary high blood pressure spike.

Seriously, I've read this list for years, and it never ever fails to shock the hell out of me. It is truly like getting inside the head of some OB's who forget that their forum isn't password protected.

Nice find. :)

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonkey Mama

That's just horrific!

And have you read some of those other posts? Do those MDs actually believe they're being funny? Really? Makes me fear doctors even more.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Holy hell. I seriously gasped aloud!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

This is totally random, but does he seriously have "lettered in lacrosse" from his undergraduate days in his brief professional rundown?

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterANaturalAdvocate

I saw the title of your post on google reader and thought at first you were responding to my post...which made me feel sheepish...so I am glad that this was about something entirely different. My dissection definitely had fewer side effects.

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrixa

Rixa, I can't tell you how hard I just laughed. That made my day, as did your grammar post.

Holy heck, that's funny!

February 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterJill

Too funny, in a scary kind of way. When my mom had her gall bladder removed in the 70's, they took out her appendix as well... just in case. Can't do that any more, either! Thank god!

February 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Ouch. Yowza. That hurts my ethics bone.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMomTFH

Yeah, kind of like the doctor who 'branded' initials? Lettering? on a woman's uterus during a hysterectomy - which of course they backpedaled and lied about what they were doing. Yeah, can't do that anymore either. Wonder how many of us are walking around with our surgeons' initials on our uterus/uterii? after our c/sections...

I see this, though, as the basis for much of the modern birth process: doctor gives you Pit to ramp up labor, your baby goes into distress, he does the section to 'save your baby.' I liken it to an arsonist who sets fire to buildings and then goes in to save the people inside.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Deranged Housewife

This makes me think of my Medical Student friend who told me of how they would cut huge un-necessary episiotomies on the un-insured moms just so the students could practice repairs.

Makes me never want to go to a teaching hospital!

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheridan
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