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Sunday, January 13, 2008



The family of Britney Spears apparently asked Dr. Phil to see Britney in the hospital to see what he might be able to do to help the young lady. What Dr. Phil did next defies explanation and justification. He proceeded to mention some of Britney’s problems to the press and on his television show. What a misguided fool. Does being on television somehow suck out some of one’s brain?

There is such a thing as doctor/patient confidentially. I do not know whether Dr. Phil is licensed to practice medicine in any state. If he is, the least which should be done is that Dr. Phil be censured by the medical state board. What he did is break one of the most sacred trusts we have in our society. Even the courts recognize the almost sacred trust of the doctor/patient confidentiality.

I am afraid that the motivation of television personalities to make a media splash and, subsequently, achieve ratings and make money rules their actions. In this day and age when we have almost completely emasculated the Hippocratic Oath in our medical schools, we should, at least, preserve whatever semblance of dignity our profession has by honoring doctor/patient confidentiality.

Several years ago, I researched what my medical school, Harvard, was doing about the Oath. When I graduated, one of the proudest days I had ever had was when I had to verbally take the Oath before graduating. I took the Oath very seriously. I wanted to be a doctor all my early life, and I took the responsibilities of my profession as part of my dedication to heal others.

What I found out from my research was that my medical school had adopted a modern version of the Hippocratic Oath. I did not like it for it replaced many of the items in the original Oath with modern more politically pleasing thoughts. I am ever grateful I had taken the original version. If my readers desire I can sometime in the future write about the details of the changes which were made.

Back to Dr. Phil, he should have known better. If he is the big man he claims to be, he should, at least, publically apologize both to the family and to Britney whose trust he broke.

Poor Oprah, she has had bad luck picking doctors! In addition to making Dr. Phil the popular TV physician icon that he is, she also promoted that plastic surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams, whose botched surgery was responsible for the death of Kayne West’s mother.
nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why put down Dr Phil? How can you say that you have a license to practice as well, when you live in another country? Do you have a license to practice in Panama? I find this to be skeptical.

January 14, 2008 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Dr. Tauraso said...

Dear Anonymous:
Because you write as Anonymous I find you skeptical. I put down Dr Phil because he broke the code of Medical Patient Confidentiality for his own TV fame. And I believe I am correct in this. Besides when he finally commented on TV he would not apologize because he stated he did not have to apologize because he was doing a good deed. Oh, come on. This is nothing more than Jesuitical Hypocracy.

Yes I live in another Country because I choose to. I do not have a license to practice here in Panama and I do not. I do have a licence to practice in the US and I still do. Besides these things are none of your business. Rather than degrade me, you might better put your efforts in keeping an open mind and deal with the facts, which I always try to do.

Dr. Tauraso, and I am never Anonymous!!

February 9, 2008 at 12:27 PM  

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