Some of my more outspoken opinions (who, moi?) on topics like decompression and autism have sparked an interesting debate that is being held mostly by private email. Without naming names and pointing fingers, I would like to hear what you think…
If a colleague is practicing in a manner that you find objectionable and unethical, what should be your course of action, if any? Some people are saying that people should be able to practice however they see fit and writing like mine actually harms the practices of others.
Other folks say that it is the job of honest, ethical chiropractors to weed out the “sick” members of the chiropractic flock in order to advance the heard.
Yet another sect says that, yes, in fact we should denounce unethical practices but for Pete’s sake, do it quietly.
Ready for a fun social experiment? Here is a practical, real world example and I will abide by the most convincing argument. I was recently given an advertisement of a chiropractor who is basically offering money for referrals of patients. Illegal? Probably. Unethical? Definitely. Should be stopped for the benefit of the profession? Certainly.
What to do, what to do.
Choice A: Ignore it and let him go on doing what ever he wants — after all, he’s a fellow chiropractor.
Choice B: Send Dr. Bribes-a-lot a private note asking him to kindly stop making the profession look bad.
Choice C: Pass the ad along to the state board and let them handle it.