What Happened to That Hippocratic Oath Thing?
Every now and then a story comes along that would not be believable were it not published in a paper like the New York Times, which is not known for its sense of humor or for making things up. This story reports that the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology forbids the doctors that it provides accreditation for from treating men. Really, they do. It seems a patient waited months to get an appointment to treat his pelvic pain.
Six days before the appointment, it was canceled. The doctor, Michael Hibner, an obstetrician-gynecologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, had learned that members of his specialty were not allowed to treat men and that if he did so, he could lose his board certification — something that doctors need in order to work.
The rule had come from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. On Sept. 12, it posted on its website a newly stringent and explicit statement of what its members could and could not do. Except for a few conditions, gynecologists were prohibited from treating men. Pelvic pain was not among the exceptions.
How exactly is this legal? How exactly is it professional? What exactly is the purpose,? Members of this Board don’t deserve to suffer great physical pain, and then be denied treatment but if that did happen who amongst us would be unhappy?