Eran Bellin, MD
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Bellin E.; The Prison Patient. Ann Intern Med. 1998;128:1050. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-128-12_Part_1-199806150-00033
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(12_Part_1):1050.
TO THE EDITOR:
Dr. Klein's powerful vignette, “The Prison Patient” , describes the all-too-human corruption of a medical resident's relationship with an incarcerated patient. The patient is suffering from impotence secondary to a β-blocker prescribed for post-myocardial infarction management. The physician has inappropriately peeked at the inmate's crime history and has discovered that his patient is imprisoned for child molestation. With this newfound knowledge, the physician's previous compassionate demeanor turns icy. He is transformed from caregiver to judge and jury, deciding that the patient deserves his impotence and should be cowed into accepting it with the threat of imminent death for noncompliance.
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