People in developing countries have the same rights as those in the west
- By: Kate Adams, Julian Sheather
It is the first day of your elective. You are on your own on a strange ward. In front of you is your first patient. She seems like a nice woman but you have just been asked to certify that she is “fit to be flogged.” Elsewhere in the hospital your new colleagues are doing the same thing, without batting an eyelid. What do you do? Or perhaps you have been asked to perform a medical procedure. You have never done it before. You have a sick patient but you have no confidence. At home you would have asked your senior—you would have had to—but here you are alone. What do you do? These may sound like horror stories but they are not. They are real life examples and they happened recently to medical students on their electives. What would you do if they happened to you?
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