What Can You Do

During FTB CONscience, Lisandra (Aron Ra’s wife) ran a panel on Asians in freethought. I did not attend it (you would have noticed really) because I had work that day. The time difference ruled me out.

And one of the things she mentioned later was about woo and quackery aimed at Asians. 

The irony was that day I had helped find out what was wrong with a patient. She was dying.

She had a breast lump. Some quack hacked it out of her leaving an  open wound. No axillary node clearance. For survivors of Breast Cancer, this is obvious but to those who haven’t faced it, axillary node clearance is vital for two reasons. For prognosis about the chance of survival and to help reduce further metastasis.

This woman had a open breast wound for nearly 12 months.

When she came in the cancer had spread. Metastasis.

Secondaries in the other breast could be removed but the ones in her ribs, liver, diaphragm and lungs cannot.

In effect she had died because an untrained local “medicine” specialist had tried to play doctor. In effect she was killed by the man she thought was a doctor.

There is nothing you can do. You cannot save patients from their own ignorance. If Steve Jobs can fall for this with all his wealth, education and knowledge then what chance do poor women without education?

And that’s the worst thing about it is. Ignorance, superstition and quackery are easy.


  1. machintelligence says

    Ignorance, superstition and quackery are easy.

    And they have all the answers, whether those answers are true or not.

  2. chigau (I don't like this eternal 'nym thing, either) says

    How much longer can you do this?

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