Friday, August 26, 2005

Doctor, Doctor, Don't Give Me The News

Image hosted by Photobucket.comI have defended some attorneys against some pretty silly bar complaints before, but I have yet to see one as stupid as this doctor faces. A woman complains to the medical board that her doctor told her that (1) she was obese and (2) needed to lose weight.

Dr. Terry Bennett says he tells obese patients their weight is bad for their health and their love lives, but the lecture drove one patient to complain to the state.
"I told a fat woman she was obese," Bennett says.

"I tried to get her attention. I told her, 'You need to get on a program, join a group of like-minded people and peel off the weight that is going to kill you.'"

That is what I call sound advice.

Her complaint, filed about a year ago, was initially investigated by a panel of the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, which recommended that Bennett be sent a confidential letter of concern. The board rejected the suggestion in December and asked the attorney general's office to investigate.

Bennett rejected that office's proposal that he attend a medical education course and acknowledge that he made a mistake.

Well, what was the mistake? Was she really a skinny bulemic in need of a meal that stayed down? Or was she one of the healthy obese people? Otherwise, I have a hard time seeing what his mistake was.

Other overweight patients have come to Bennett's defense.

"What really makes me angry is he told the truth," Mindy Haney told WMUR-TV on Tuesday. "How can you punish somebody for that?"

Haney said Bennett has helped her lose more than 150 pounds, but acknowledged that she initially didn't want to listen.

Really, now. Don't we all know that is the case here.

Everyone is a victim. Everyone is offended. The nation of thin skinned wussies grows by numbers, and apparently by pounds.

I am getting pretty offended at so much offensiveness.


At 3:30 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

That picture is just screaming for a caption contest, KJ.

I demand one.

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

"Did you feel a raindrop? I could swear I felt a raindrop!"

At 5:10 PM, Blogger Jane Bellwether/Tamara R Bower said...

Cass, you win. The fat lady, on the other hand...

The thing about this is that the woman just wrote a letter to the board, which people will do, especially if you call them obese. The Board, rocks-of-Gibralter that they are, turned it over to the AG's Admin unit. Passing the buck.

If I were in the district, I'd see about getting them all fired or impeached or whatever it took; they're clearly unable to do their job, which should have been to send Dr. Bennett a note letting him know that the patient in question doesn't want him to really tell her anything useful.

We need a carnival of the cowards.

At 7:27 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

Yo, fat chick! Shut your pie hole once in a while.


At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That should be the next step, eh, we should sue her for offending us for her pathetic "feelings" of being offended.

Next, they'll be suing for the hospital gowns we have to wear, claiming the dr. tried to check out my butt offensively.

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're offended? Sounds like it is time to sue...someone...anyone...after all, it's the American way! :(

At 10:15 PM, Blogger KJ said...

Dr. Stuhl, I just came by to pay my bill. Why do I have to put this backless gown on again?

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That poor puppy! My feelings are hurt. I'm suing you.


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