Hello, visiting Blamers! (and thanks for the emails)
So, it appears I am the only person who’s worked out Switchbutt Dorktor‘s identity, or at least the only person who’s owned up to it.
Short summary for non-Blamers:
- Anonymous doctor posts a couple of rants about obstetric anaesthetic management on his blog.
- Said rants are filled with disdain for women in labour who don’t want pain relief, insults to midwives and doulas, and disparaging remarks about nurses with qualifications above RN, also a disturbing belief that procedural protocols and medical forms are a waste of time and energy.
- His sexist and arrogant tone is notied, someone passes the link to Twisty, Twisty’s obstreperal lobe generates a post.
- Dorktor posts condescending comment to Twisty’s post about how her blog is full of “rabid (and exceedingly retarded) lesbian manhaters”. Also insults women leaving critical comments on his blog.
- Twisty publishes another post asking if anybody knows who the Dorktor is.
- Dorktor takes down blog entirely, and gets another blogger who had made an announcement post about his blog to delete that post. Twisty updates her post to include links to cached versions of both blogs.
- I sleuthe and I find, and without naming him post that I know who he is.
- What to do now?
Here’s the deal – I found a teeny clue on one of those cached pages Twisty linked to, popped a certain search string into Google on a hunch, and bingo! Too many connections (and an identical CV to his original on his blog, before he changed the names of the institutions) to doubt the ID, and then I confirmed it by looking at the staff pages at Massachussetts General Hospital, where all the details of his residency check out (don’t you love staff pages that aren’t updated for months on end?).
I thought this was just an interesting challenge, and also thought that Twisty’s reconsideration on outing him, that it would be wrong, was the right decision. Considering my outrage over the right-wing noise machine’s hugely public attack on Marcotte/McEwen, a public outing would be most hypocritical. However, it seems that others don’t necessarily agree.
I haven’t tracked down his current place of employment yet, so passing on his posts to his supervisors to alert them to a possible liability on their hands is off the table for the moment. But when I do find him, what should I do? I’m a big fan of whistleblowers in general, as I believe the public interest is paramount, but does this rise to an occasion justifying alerting his supervisors that he needs to be watched or not?
Certainly if I was on the board of a hospital worried about medical liability exposure, his attitude towards protocols would concern me greatly, especially (as I said at IBTP) if such posts could be presented in evidence before a jury in a case where protocols had been violated. His attitude towards nursing colleagues would also concern me. But is a rant on a blog sufficient to send up a red flag? Please, share your thoughts.
For anyone actually in DC and nervous about maybe being treated by him, you don’t need a name to steer clear of any bloke who was an anaesthetics resident at MGH in 2006. You do have a right to ask about your doctor’s qualifications after all.