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Stories of outrageous behavior by doctors in operating rooms have the medical profession in an uproar. They were reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which is accused of creating mistrust among patients. We hear about the stories and why they were published.

Also, is Europe's response to the refugee crisis the right one? On today's Talking Point, mountains of garbage line the streets of Beirut, Lebanon, and public protest is building. The "You Stink" movement says it's just one example of a divided government too corrupt to provide basic services. 

Photo: Jeff Kubina

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Paul von Zielbauer
Evan George

Is Europe's Response to the Refugee Crisis the Right One? 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In the Mediterranean Sea off Libya today, some 200 people died when two boats overturned. Yesterday, in Austria, 71 decomposing bodies, including those of four children, were found in a locked truck parked on a road near Vienna. Two crime scenes 2000 miles apart are the latest evidence that migration to Europe is out of control. Demetrios Papademetriou is president of the Migration Policy Institute Europe, a nonprofit headquartered in Brussels.

Guests:
Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute (@MigrationPolicy)

Dark Secrets from the Operating Room 33 MIN, 31 SEC

Patients need to have trust in their doctors, and doctors cultivate what's called a compassionate "bedside manner." But their behavior in the operating room doesn't always inspire confidence. When a gynecologist admitted to secretly photographing and recording his patients, the Johns Hopkins Health System settled the case for $190-million. In Virginia, an anesthesiologist had to pay $500,000 to a patient whose iPhone recorded the doctor's mocking insults while the patient was under sedation. Now the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine has published two more shocking accounts, witnessed by medical students in operating rooms. The publication has created a firestorm with stories of racism, misogyny with overtones of sexual assault -- while patients were under sedation. Accused of vilifying an entire profession, the publication says, doctors need to think twice — especially when they are role models for medical students.

Guests:
Steve Sternberg, US News & World Report (@StevenSternberg)
Christine Laine, American College of Physicians / Annals of Internal Medicine (@AnnalsofIM)
Jeffrey Segal, Medical Justice (@medicaljustice)
Nancy Berlinger, Hastings Center (@hastingscenter)

More:
Sternberg on on misogynistic doctor behavior sparking ethics concerns
Atul Gawande on the power of 'the checklist'
Schwartz Center Rounds

Are Workarounds Ethical?

Nancy Berlinger

"You Stink" Movement Targets Trash and Corruption in Beirut 9 MIN, 56 SEC

The so-called "Arab Spring" never took place in Lebanon, despite growing public outrage at a government divided between Muslims and Christians since the end of the civil war in 1990. Now, there are widespread calls for the "downfall of the regime" with a massive protest called for tomorrow. Lebanon's divided government has not collected trash or garbage since June, and mountains are piling up in the streets of Beirut. That has spurred a protest campaign called, "You Stink," which is based on the failure to provide all kinds of basic services.


A woman pushes a stroller as other people ride on a scooter past garbage piled up along a street in Beirut, Lebanon.
Public anger that has come to a head over the trash crisis turned violent at the weekend,
with scores of protesters and security forces injured.
(Mohamed Azakir/Reuters)

Guests:
Carmen Geha, American University of Beirut (@CarmenGeha)
Bilal Saab, Atlantic Council (@BilalYSaab)

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