- Oct 29, 2002
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- East of Suez
1) The medical profession has become, well, a profession in the years since Chekhov left us. In developed nations, doctors routinely top the lists of most trusted professions--which wouldn't tend to be true if they had a habit of robbing one. Assuming the verb is metaphorical, the citizens of most developed nations also enjoy state-subsidised healthcare, the like of which did not exist to any meaningful extent in Tsarist Russia--few today are 'robbed' by the doctors.Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.
— Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer
It is the duty of a doctor to prolong life and it is not his duty to prolong the act of dying.
— Bill Vaughan, 1915-1977, American journalist
2) Bill Vaughan--whoever he is--is talking nonsense. a) Death is not an act, it's a process; b) Delaying is not 'prolonging'; c) Most doctors I know believe that their duty is to alleviate suffering and improve quality of life, not stretch out life or eke out raw existence in the face of pain.
More generally, you could think about the tone of what you post a little. As Naughty Felid correctly points out, healthcare professionals, whatever you may think of them, have borne the deadly brunt of this pandemic in a way that no other group has. The elderly may be more likely to be killed by the virus, but doctors and nurses are obliged to eschew the kind of precautions that the rest of society is taking in order to do their work' they expose themselves to an elevated risk on a daily basis.
You're welcome to post Russian nonsense all day, but please dispense with the attitude.