A recent publication exposes horrifying acts of abuse committed by doctors on unconscious patients.
Recent reports of inappropriate behavior from doctors have dismayed patients everywhere. According to CBS News, The Annals of Internal Medicine report that they wish to expose these incidents in order to remind doctors that this behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
The reports of misconduct include two horrifying instances of sexual abuse. One occurred during a vaginal hysterectomy procedure, in which a medical student was giving assistance. Before the procedure, the surgeon cleaned the unconscious woman’s genital area and inner thighs. During this procedure, the surgeon was reported to have said that he bet the patients “is enjoying this,” while laughing. When asked if he laughed as well at surgeon’s joke, the student explained that he did pretend to laugh at the time.
The other instance mentioned in the report was even more alarming. After a doctor had delivered a baby girl, the new mother began to bleed profusely. An obstetrician was called to attend to the patient, and he said that the patient’s bleeding was caused by a condition called uterine atony, which causes muscles in the uterus to malfunction after delivery. The obstetrician then placed his hand inside the vagina of the anesthetized patient in order to massage the uterus, a procedure which can help stop the bleeding.
According to the first doctor, the obstetrician then said “That’s what I like. A nice, tight uterus,” after which he began to sing ‘La Cucaracha’, stomping his feet, as though he were dancing with the unconscious patient.
According to the editors of The Annals of Internal Medicine, while these incidents reveal misogyny and disrespect on the part of doctors, but the second incident all but crosses the line into sexual assault.