Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Playing Doctor, 21st Century Style

True story:

A pair of 4-year-old little girls (both born by C-section to older parents) playing doctor.

One is lying in the bed with a doll stuffed up under her shirt; the other stands next to the bed holding a (toy) saw.

Before proceeding, the standing child hands a clipboard to the one in the bed, indicating that she should sign her name; which she does, after which the "doctor" proceeds to "deliver" the "baby."

Oy.

What is this world coming to when pre-schoolers obtain informed consent?

7 Comments:

At Thu May 29, 10:31:00 AM, Blogger WhiteCoat said...

Just wait until the three-year old playing with them busts out a summons because the doll was born with a birth defect.

 
At Thu May 29, 11:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uff Da!

 
At Thu May 29, 11:22:00 AM, Blogger WardBunny said...

Ah but was it truly informed? And did the Doc have liability insurance?

A Classic though!

 
At Thu May 29, 01:50:00 PM, Blogger Elaine said...

Not sure whether this is funny or scary.

 
At Thu May 29, 04:15:00 PM, Anonymous noble pig said...

They learn about the world sooner than we think! Love it.

 
At Fri May 30, 12:15:00 AM, Blogger Doc said...

I kid you not, My two young'uns and their cousin (ages 6-10) were upstairs playing doctor--which consisted of one writing bills, one answering a pager, and one seeing the patient, and one writing notes in a "chart."

I don't think JCAHO would okay the saw, though.

 
At Fri May 30, 02:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As one of the parent/witnesses to this tender scene, I just wanted to confirm that yes, it really happened! I was in hysterics, and as soon as the playdate was over, called my favorite Jurassic sibling, Dr. Dino, to report this marvelous blog-fodder.

Kensington MD

 

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