BP #4: “Dr. Death” and Social Contract Theory

The Washington Post article entitled, “Texas neurosurgeon nicknamed ‘Dr. Death’ found guilty,” summarized some dark news about what a surgeon had been doing to patients.

After reading the article it is clear Dr. Christopher Duntsch was a very disturbed man who was found guilty of maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery.

Patients were quoted throughout the article that although they may have been going in for a simple back surgery they woke up feeling like something was not right.

Patient, Mary Efurd woke up from her surgery and couldn’t stand, the crippling pain shot down her back and Mary was paralyzed from what Dy. Duntsch had deliberately done.

Efurd chose to see another surgeon who explained to her the damage the previous doctor had done. The new surgeon, Dr. Robert Henderson found holes, screws, and nerve damage in places that Dr. Duntsch never should have been near in the first place.

Dr. Duntsch should consider taking a close look at the Social Contract Theory while he serves his sentence in prison.

“Actions are morally right just because they are permitted by rules that free, equal and rational people would agree to live by, on the condition that others obey these rules as well.” This quote contradicts the actions of Dr. Duntsch and his patients.

Through the actions of his patients seeking treatment it is considered rational that they would go to a professional (surgeon) to help them mend the issue they are facing.

Unfortunately without knowing that your soon-to-be surgeon isn’t rational the consequences of his actions could stick with you for the rest of your life.

The social contract theory is flawed in this sense because as a patient seeing a surgeon you put complete trust and your life with them. Dr. Duntsch had 17 years of experience and without doing a significant amount of research his patients had no idea the lack of morality he had.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/16/texas-neurosurgeon-nicknamed-dr-death-found-guilty-of-maiming-woman-during-surgery/?hpid=hp_hp-morning-mix_mm-doc%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.acccd482cf5c

 

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