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Move over Siskel and Ebert, here comes the Myers and Schlarb criteria for moviegoing. Like many folks, Jacqueline Myers and Therese Schlarb hadn't heard much good about the film "Indecent Proposal" and its "women as a commodity" theme. They evidently couldn't give a hang even that the ever-charming Robert Redford is in it. But just mention that there's a three-minute hippopotamus-related scene in the film and color them there.
September 20, 1992
I was shocked and saddened to read a position of support for Proposition 161 voiced by two prominent Orange County physicians, Warren L. Bostick and C. Ronald Koons ("Embrace a Chance to Ease Life's Final Pain, Suffering," Commentary, Sept. 16). To suggest assisted suicide is not killing if a patient consents is ridiculous. In the same paragraph, these good doctors state, "doctors must not kill, ever." Well, my dictionary defines kill as "to cause the death of, to put an end to."
December 13, 1990
Once again, The Times demonstrates the true essence of the word absurd in its editorial. It is truly absurd to support the import of RU-486 under the guise of cancer treatment research. The purpose for importing RU-486 is to make the killing of prenatal life more convenient than ever before, and oh, how we love convenience. It galls me to see such quotes as ". . . responsibility of doctors under the Hippocratic oath," when it is these very doctors who are murdering defenseless children.
August 7, 1988
Incredible! What happened to medical ethics and the Hippocratic Oath that we have doctors who handpick their patients with health problems that don't make them feel uncomfortable or embarrassed? It seems to me that if they feel squeamish about any phase of handling seriously ill patients, they don't belong in the profession. ELEANOR BRALVER Sylmar
October 15, 1987
I see ("No Place for Doctors to Hide From AIDS," Op-Ed Page, Sept. 21) that for some in the medical establishment the Hippocratic Oath has given way to the Oath of Homophobia. It goes something like this: "I will serve anyone in need as long as it is not a homosexual with AIDS." Considering that the risk of catching AIDS is infinitesimal for those employing the proper precautions, it remains the task of the medical societies and the courts to remind these people of the duties implied in their commitment to medicine.
February 9, 1986 | United Press International
A state legislator Saturday accused obstetricians and orthopedic surgeons of violating the Hippocratic oath by withholding medical treatment in the second week of a physicians' work slowdown to protest rising malpractice insurance rates. "Doctors have taken an oath to serve those in need of services, and to do otherwise is wrong," said Rep. A. Joseph DeNucci (D-Newton), co-chairman of the Human Service Committee.
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