Heart surgery for dogs and cats 'obscene' says doctor

2007-03-23 06:35

The disparity between care of domestic animals in the developed world and human beings in sub-Saharan Africa is obscene, says a senior doctor in this week's BMJ.

Arriving back in Britain after 14 years working in East Africa as a medical missionary, consultant anaesthetist, Raymond Towey says he was shocked to see that open heart surgery is now available for domestic dogs and cats, whereas in sub-Saharan Africa most patients needing such expensive care are sent home to die, assuming they even reach a hospital in the first place.

"I am left with one word that alone sums up my assessment of the amazing advances in the United Kingdom and the appalling comparison with medical care in sub-Saharan Africa: obscene," he says. Will doctors in years to come wonder at how we could tolerate such an obscene disparity?

He recalls his time as a young hospital doctor in the late 1960s and 1970s when cardiac surgery was taking off. "I am sure that today's young veterinary surgeons and anaesthetists must be relishing open heart surgery for dogs and cats in a similar way," he writes.

In 1846 the first successful anaesthetic to be publicly demonstrated was ether and this agent is the mainstay of anaesthetic practice in sub-Saharan Africa. But for open heart surgery in domestic animals, a newer generation of anaesthetic agents is available, which for him accentuates the obscenity.

"Perhaps in time I will emerge from this culture shock and learn to accept with equanimity this appalling disparity between care of domestic animals in the developed world and human beings in sub-Saharan Africa

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What, really, ISN'T the fault of the White man and Europe, America, "racism", etc.??? How, precisely, does "racism" have anything to do with the fact that Africans can't manage their own affairs? The continent of Africa is a wreck because Africans have proven incapable of handling their freedom. Now, since it is stem-to-stern a hellhole of war and disease, the fact that the prosperous West has certain material comforts is seen, by these lazy do-nothing Africans, as "racist". The long term plan of the Liberal/Marxist element is to begin the largest welfare program in History- like Barack HUSSEIN Obama said, "spread the wealth", only this time taking Joe the Plumber's paycheck and sending it all to the Zulus. So much wasted effort. The only thing "obscene" in this story is the self-loathing whinyness of this loser doctor, who wants to tax me to death so a bunch of Africans can get hear transplants...and then die of malaria, or cholera, or some civil war that has been going on for 30 years. Give it a break. Africa is a basket case, and the Darwinian laws need to be let free to run their course. Africans wanted independence- that means "you're on your own". I owe these people NOTHING, and resent the notion that caring for my pet has even the slightest thing to do with Africans and their pathetic countries and constant poverty. Make your own bed, Africa- and if you liberals love these people so much, go live there. We'll see how long that lasts.
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