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Monday, May 3, 2010

Jack the Quack is Back

Chicago Sun-Times TV Critic Paige Wiser observes of convicted murderer Jack Kevorkian, portrayed by Al Pacino in HBO's recently released movie, "You don't know Jack," that there is "something off-putting about the man."
That's putting it mildly.
Jack Kevorkian is a death-obsessed quack who lost his medical license and demonstrated why—because he didn't discern the difference between healing patients, which he never did during his deadly campaign, and killing and assisting in the suicides of patients, which he did with reckless abandon.
Jack Kevorkian advocated for the suicides of terminally ill patients, but his medical ineptness and blind ideology led to the deaths of five victims who weren't even sick. It would have been better for these victims to have had Al Pacino acting as their doctor.
The Hippocratic oath was adopted over two millennia ago to protect patients by establishing boundaries that bind the physician to heal and never to harm. Apart from a physician's adherence to the Hippocratic oath ("I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan"), patients can't know whether their doctor will heal them or kill them. “Dr. Death” Jack Kevorkian represents an over two thousand-year regression in medical ethics.
Kevorkian's suicidal and homicidal actions demonstrates that quacks don't know jack about protecting patients.

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