'Why my jailbird patient deserved ice cream'

Beware the poor decisions - medical and otherwise - that arise from moral judgements, warns ED doctor

There’s an ugly undercurrent that sometimes shows up in the emergency department; indeed all over the world of medicine. I’ve seen it in doctors and nurses alike.


It’s a meanness, a smallness, a kind of moral judgement that can lead us to make poor medical decisions. Or it can simply make us poorer in spirit.

I remember the day I had a young man who was in custody. He was 18, handcuffed and in a jail jump-suit. I don’t remember what was wrong. I just remember that he looked young and scared.

Someone had