Selection of rapid responses
- By: Hilary Butler, Simon Grant, Leilah McCracken, John Hopkins
EDITOR - In response to the article “Learning respect” and the response of Ashley Williams who considers the words “uncorrupted by medical training” insulting, there are perhaps some useful learning issues.
Firstly, the person “uncorrupted by medical training” may actually be a medical student, not a lay person. Whether it was by jest, or not many a true word is spoken in jest and often people get upset precisely for that reason. The person concerned may have chosen to disassociate herself from her training.
Secondly, is it an issue of learning respect? The whole practice of “using” other people without consideration stemmed from an old fashioned patronising attitude that used to prevail, that “doctors were gods” who could do what they liked. Their castle (the hospital) was where their “study material” came to receive their “benificence.” Since they were “gods,” with a social status elevated way above others, who knew