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Reviewer: Anonymous (Anonymous)
11 Apr 2010 9:26 am
A very nice, more medically probable, tag to the episdode. The only bit that didn't ring true was how much authority and power you gave Carson. Doctors are there to advise and treat under the strict consent of the patient or the patients representative. They are not allowed to "ban" anybody from having laptops, even if it would be detrimental to the patients health for them to stay up working on it. They are not allowed to confine patients to the infirmary or their beds - if the patient wants to leave they can, they just have to sign a medical waiver. They are not allowed to drug coherent tracking patients into unconsciousness, even if they believe it is for the patients own good.

It is a very common mistake in this fandom to give medical personel absolute power. In reality there are no such things as "doctors orders". If Rodney wanted to leave the infirmary after two days and spend fifteen hours a day on his laptop then he would be perfectly entitled. If Carson didn't like it then tough. If Radek tried to lock out Rodneys projects on Carsons orders then they would both land themselves in very hot water both with Rodney himself and legally if Rodney chose to persue it.

Apart from this (very common) medical misconception (I'm a MD in real life), this was a terrific fic.

Author's Response: Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it despite the problems you have with it. rnrnI think the idea that Carson could ban laptops etc comes from the sort of sci-fi programme that is set on a ship, usually in a military setting, where the doctor can relieve a person of duty if they feel they are compromised or can stop them from resuming duties (Star Trek, for example). I'm not sure if there is anything in canon that supports this or not for SGA (or even, indeed, for SG1) - and I'm not saying that it is correct either - just that is probably where it comes from. rnrnThough you do have to keep in mind that the expedition isn't set on Earth and so might not follow Earth rules entirely (the whole thing with the gene retrovirus and FDA approval in 'Hide & Seek' comes to mind), and although civilian led, it has a military feel to the set up too, which might affect things as well.rnrnStill, it is good to know that on Earth, a doctor can't make a patient do what s/he feels is best for them, etc - that the patient still has control, regardless of how good his/her decisions might or might not be.
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Reviewer: angw (Anonymous)
12 Oct 2006 5:08 am
I know I have read this - I'm sure I posted a review....*scratches her head* Anyhoo, ouch! I really have to say that I am enjoying your stories immensely. This is another good, albeit AU, tag to the episode.

Author's Response: Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying my writing. At this rate my ego's gonna be a big as Rodney's...nah!
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