Population control is similar to genocide when mass procedures drive the process. Are we helping women with sterilization or are we trying to reach a government goal? When injuries result the argument of the benefits to patients start to deteriorate. Hence the terrible results of a mass sterilization attempt in India.
Recently Dr. R.K. Gupta has been charged with homicide and negligence coming from a “sterilization camp” where women were paid the equivalent of $23 to have this procedure done.
The government recommends no more than 30 sterilization procedures a day, but Gupta managed 83. No wonder the mess resulted in deaths. The blame is still being spread between filthy conditions, antibiotics given, tainted drugs, and such. We may never know what caused the deaths but we clearly know what preceded the deaths--a government desire to control population and a medical community no longer living up to the trust it was given.
Did the Indian government push to hard to achieve a goal? Was carelessness trying to meet quotas the reason for the deaths of 13 women? Why wasn’t the focus on birth control, as there are so many alternatives to surgery?
All of these questions will be answered in this recent act of atrocity but the governments role has a long history of supporting atrocious programs. For forty years between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted an experiment on 399 black men in the late stages of syphilis. These men, for the most part illiterate sharecroppers from one of the poorest counties in Alabama, were never told what disease they were suffering from or of its seriousness. By the end of the experiment, 28 of the men had died directly of syphilis, 100 were dead of related complications, 40 of their wives had been infected, and 19 of their children had been born with congenital syphilis.
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How could the US have taken part in such an appalling experiment causing so many deaths? Was control of a certain population, now reflective of India’s actions to blame?
The interesting part of all of this is where it was carried out. In clinics with medical providers, doctors, staff and others many sworn into a profession specifically doctrinal to “do no harm”.
Another atrocious study was preformed by American physician John Cutler, in the 1940‘s, funded by the National Institutes of Health where Guatemala doctors deliberately infected healthy people with the diseases some of which are fatal if untreated. The goal of the study seems to have been to determine the effect of antibiotics in the treatment of STD’s. The researchers paid sex workers infected with syphilis to have sex with prisoners. Some subjects were infected by directly inoculating them with syphilis.
It took until 2010 for a US apology, maybe due to continued efforts by media and others to expose horrible government actions.
These studies, experiments or controlled programs even today are still driven by modern medicine. Terrible human abuses with little reconciliation for the patients or victims.
In today’s shift to find technological improvement in medicine perhaps the real entrepreneurial motivation is to take the meanness or privilege of medicines few out of the equation. Letting people control their own healthcare will be the new tomorrow. Partly driven by technological advances and partly driven by a growing distrust for both medicine and government.
Fueled by distrust, the horrible atrocities of India’s medical community to not uphold a creed seemingly no longer the motto of today’s medical community, the “do no harm” philosophy is dissolving right before informed and educated patient’s eyes.
Quite frankly, you reap what you sow.