Painting Groups with the Same Brush as Outliers: Is That Ethical?
I, unfortunately, though some may consider it fortunate, have created a series of topic threads which has stimulated some of my visitors to make negative and derogatory comments seemingly referring to members of an entire class rather than those outliers who might well deserve these comments. Example threads where you can read the comments to which I refer deal with infant male circumcision, hysterectomies, patient modesty and also a probably unfortunate title in this context, “I Hate Doctors”.
As having been a patient myself, I can understand and even empathize with those who have experienced instances in medical practice which could be the basis of and promote negative comments. However, my point is that these comments should refer to specific individuals of a class and not necessarily to the entire class itself.
On the other hand, extending this issue to the “bad apple” analogy, should one or two “bad apples” in the basket cause all the apples to turn "bad" and that there is a responsibility of every class of healthcare providers in medical practice to be responsible for their “bad apples”? If they are not carrying out this responsibility to get rid of them then shame on the entire group and thus the painting of the group with the same brush.
I would be most interested in my visitors’ opinion. ..Maurice.
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