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26 December 2013 @ 05:49 am
Territory marking  
British doctor branded his initials on patient's liver

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browngirl on December 26th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
... wow, that is bizarre.
nancylebov: green leavesnancylebov on December 26th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
I agree-- consent issues and all that.

On the other hand, someone in comments suggested that they (and probably other people) would want custom branding on their innards. Is that more bizarre or less?
browngirl on December 26th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Less, I think, because under bodily autonomy a sane adult can do or have done with their body what they will. (I mean, personally I find it weird, but ethically I can see no reason to tell them they shouldn't, and I suspect my weirded-out-ness of being a squick reaction which I should not then credit.) I think that's a different situation than branding someone else without their explicit consent (and brandings are not commonly part of operations so I don't think someone could expect to have consented to it by consenting to the operation).

(I used way too many parentheses in this comment.)
John M. Burtjohn_m_burthotm on December 27th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
Might be less or more bizarre, but definitely less of a legal or moral issue if people choose to have their organs decorated.
chasing the soul: statueoftorturenovapsyche on December 26th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the article referenced the surgeon who branded a woman's uterus; that's exactly the story this one reminded me of. You're right: I think it is some sick type of marking of territory.

The whole phenomenon reminds me also of surgeons who take pictures of themselves standing next to or pointing toward the organs they've removed, or even of the soldiers in Afghanistan who smiled while standing next to (or urinating on) folks they've slaughtered, not to mention the entire mentality of Abu Ghraib. These people strike me as distinctly megalomaniacal.

Edited at 2013-12-26 07:51 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on December 27th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Life imitates art, or at least MAD magazine.

Way back when things were still printed on paper, MAD did a parody of the popular DR. KILDARE television series, "Dr. Kiljoy". One of the jokes included was that when Kiljoy stitched a patient back up after surgery, the stitches spelled out "KILJOY WAS HERE".

-- Bruce Arthurs