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Flatulence and Elections

Approximately
once a month I open my schedule and see that my first task of the day is to
write a post for the Alden March Bioethics Blog, Bioethics Today. The first
part of this task is to determine what to write about. Sometimes that is the
most difficult part of the job. I try to give myself fairly wide discretion in
choice of topics but this is a bioethics blog so I do try to be conscientious about
finding some relationship between the topic of the blog and bioethics.
Sometimes that is hard. Recently while perusing the venerable Washington Post I
came upon an article that I felt I had to write a blog about.

It also happened that today was the day that
my calendar told me it was time to write a blog. So here goes.

It was
reported today that there was a fire in the operating room April 15 during a
surgical procedure. An unidentified woman was undergoing a surgical procedure
on the cervix with a laser. To make a long story short, the woman passed gas,
the laser ignited the flatulence and the surgical draping caught fire.

I was
attracted to this article because I used to be a young boy (this was a very
long time ago) and all young boys believe that everything about farts is funny
and entertaining. It was even more entertaining when the flatulence was
ignited. Alas when I first saw the article I thought it would be funny but it
was not. The woman was seriously burned.

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