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Touch but Don’t Tell?: “Ruling Leaves Sedated Victims in the Dark”

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Saturday’s Oregonian, 3/3/07, reported this story (an earlier one, here). There are times when my blork-imposed ban on editorializing leaves me frustrated, but before the steam starts coming out of my ears, I do and will admit we need to know more about this particular case:

Story: “Ruling Leaves Sedated Victims in the Dark,” by Anne Saker.

“If a doctor sedates a patient then touches her inappropriately without her knowing, does the patient have a right to learn about it later? A Multnomah County judge has apparently decided that she does not.”



“He is foreclosing the possibility of victims obtaining information that may be important to their physical health, and he is foreclosing any possibility that these victims could be compensated for the harm that was done them,” Beloof said. “He has created an entire class of patients of this doctor who may wonder forever if they were one of the people victimized by him.”

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