Hold the Mayo, Part 2

In Part 1, we reviewed the basic facts of the case of The Gilderhaus Family versus the Mayo Clinic. We left off at the concept of “the medical-legal establishment.”So what is it? Take it away, tsrblke:"It’s the notion that through a partnership with the state we’ve granted a whole bunch of powers (either directly or indirectly) to medical professionals, and sometimes they actually use them. In this case we see it with the judgement of capacity. Yes, in theory, to have someone declared incompetent you need to go through the courts and show it. Practically speaking, however, judgements of capacity are made all the time by medical professionals and unless someone challenges it (and has the resources to do so) those professionals are usually taken as being correct. In this particular case we see how that can go horribly awry. Mayo didn’t just say Ms. Gilderhaus lacked capacity: they accused her mother of having a mental illness (even noting there…

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