Just a piece of the furniture

As it turned out, this was not done by way of therapeutic resource, nor was it the result of accident nor even that of fatigue or simple carelessness. It was, we are told, a case of self-defence.

The case, of course, has opened a Pandora’s box of ethical questions: Should patients be used as occasional furniture? Might a situation arise whereby a patient could double as vehicular transport? Could we envisage a world in which patients might function as a source of heat or light? Is there any obstacle standing in the way of patients operating as storage space or intimate

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