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  •  The mistake was in agreeing (4.00)
    that a medical procedure should be "legal,"--i.e. a matter that is regulated by law.

    Another mistake was in allowing the terminology for a natural process by which the body rids itself of an irritant to be applied to a medical intervention.

    One could argue that it is too late to change the verbiage now.  But I would disagree, especially since the verbiage being used does not accurately reflect reality.

    There is no-one who would argue in good faith that a projectile (such as a bullet), which has entered a body, should not be removed if its continued presence poses a threat, regardless of how purposeful the insertion of the projectile was. In the event such a projectile triggers the body to mobilize its natural defenses (commonly recognized as an infection), this response would not be considered a sufficient reason to leave the projectile in place in hopes that the problem will take care of itself.

    The intent of the assailant cannot be permitted to take precedence over the well-being of the assailed.  But that's not a matter of law.  That's just plain common sense.

    Of course, there are those who argue that because barbers are subject to strict regulation, those who perform medical procedures ought to be regulated as well.  What they overlook is that not even barbers are told what kind of scissors or how much pommade to use.  Never mind that barbers no longer perform the procedures that the antecedents of surgeons performed.  So that it's quite possible that the modern barber is over-regulated as well and that the enforcement of regulations may have more to do with restricting access to a trade, than the quality of the service being delivered.

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