In Time magazine, orthopaedic surgeon Scott Haig relates his practical experience of an ethical dilemma.
While performing a biopsy, Haig’s patient inadvertently finds out her prognosis of cancer. In the operating room is an anaesthesiologist who has a dose of propofol (“milk of amnesia”) at the ready.
If you were the anaesthesiologist, would you administer – without consent – the propofol, so that the patient’s memories of the last few minutes are erased? For Haig, there is no dilemma.