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Partial Mastectomy Response

tial Mastectomy Response

I'm writing in response to the partial mastectomy article in the personal experiences section of the nipple piercing page. I agree that it is a good idea to show the truly serious repurcussions that can follow any body modification. I believe, though, that it should be mentioned, somewhere along with that article, that staph infections can occur anywhere and in anyone. My SO's grandmother recently died after some complications from surgery brought her back to the hospital. The complications didn't kill her.

The surgery didn't, either. A staph infection did. A staph infection for which the hospital has taken full responsibility. I work in the health field and I was told by the safety supervisor that she knew a man who had to have part of his finger surgically removed due to a stapholococcus infection.

This infection began in a papercut.

I realize that this is veering away from the topic of body modification, but I feel that this point had to be mentioned. I realize that the writer feels she was betrayed by her piercings and wants to warn others. BUT...I doubt that my co-worker's friend has developed an aversion to paper. The mere fact that a staph infection that was accidentally given to a patient by the care provider should, at least, lead us to question the validity of the edicts of the medical community. While a medical doctor may have more education under her belt than you or I, there is no reason why we should take her word as law. I work with doctors. They are undeniably human. They make mistakes and have even admitted that, sometimes, they don't know what they're talking about. As much as the medical community would like us to think otherwise, doctors err.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 08 Aug. 1997
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