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A Doctor's Decision: Whether or Not to "Call the Cops"
A most interesting scenario was posted on Medpedia
by Scott M. Dyck which I am, in part, reproducing here but you might want to go there to review the responses there but also feel free to make your comments here. If you were the doctor in this case, what would you do? ..Maurice.
You are a general practitioner and a mother comes into your office with her child who is complaining of flu-like symptoms. Upon entering the room, you ask the boy to remove his shirt and you notice a pattern of very distinct bruises on the boy's torso. You ask the mother where the bruises came from, and she tells you that they are from a procedure she performed on him known as "cao gio," which is also known as "coining." The procedure involves rubbing warm oils or gels on a person's skin with a coin or other flat metal object. The mother explains that cao gio is used to raise out bad blood, and improve circulation and healing. When you touch the boy's back with your stethoscope, he winces in pain from the bruises. You debate whether or not you should call Child Protective Services and report the mother.