Re: Chinese Arithmetic [published on 30 May 2005
It is with disappointment and dismay that I read excerpts from a confidential clinical case record [were they purloined?] of a defenseless patient with an embarrassing and disabling chronic condition as published in Shouts and Murmurs the week of 30 May 2005.
Publishing confidential medical information violates a patient's basic rights to privacy as protected by US federal HIPAA regulations(1). The document provided millions of readers with clearly identifiable information about the patient.
Making matters worse, the use of vernacular speech, coined phrases, and gutter talk mixed with proper clinical terminology violates the standards and protocols of the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organization [JCAHO](2). To cite but one egregious example "...then they started wearing those thong dealies..."
This magazine has thus recklessly exploited yet another helpless victim of this hugely tragic, embarrassing condition. Consider, you can't walk upright! Oddly, the clinician's documentation from the patient's chart failed to provide the proper nomenclature for the patient's condition. A Priapic episode is both a painful and embarassing condition, made all the worse by current social stigmas against its sufferers. While similar to the lesser known condition of Semen Toxicity Syndrome [STS], the actual impact on the sufferer is much more severe since those with STS have found ways personally of lessening their aggravation, so to speak.
Even worse, I'm certain the clinician who wrote it has faked his name. Never, have I seen "Ian Fraizer" cited in the important [and upstanding] professional journals that report on this malady.
The liberal media must cease their ruthless exploitation of yet another disenfranchised population. All for a cheap joke, "Chinese Arithmetic" continues to harden Society's attitudes toward its sufferers and stiffen their resolve to discriminate against us.Will "Woody" Brady