Never regard yourself as already so thoroughly informed: The withdrawal of its invitation to Rodney Syme to address its 2015 Congress by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Parker, Malcolm, Kerridge, Ian and Komesaroff, Paul (2015) Never regard yourself as already so thoroughly informed: The withdrawal of its invitation to Rodney Syme to address its 2015 Congress by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Journal of Law and Medicine, 23 50-54.

Author Parker, Malcolm
Kerridge, Ian
Komesaroff, Paul
Title Never regard yourself as already so thoroughly informed: The withdrawal of its invitation to Rodney Syme to address its 2015 Congress by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Journal name Journal of Law and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1320-159X
Publication date 2015-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Start page 50
End page 54
Total pages 5
Place of publication Rozelle, Australia
Publisher Lawbook Co.
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 1628, William Harvey presented his revolutionary theory of the circulation to ears at the Royal College of Physicians that had been deafened by the unquestionable authority of Galen's teachings, from one and a half millennia in the past. Harvey's theory was initially rejected, despite his faith in his colleagues being eager for truth and knowledge, and never regarding themselves as so well informed that they would not welcome "further information". Recently Rodney Syme, the retired Melbourne urologist who for a long time has agitated for the legalisation of assisted dying, and also challenged the authorities to apply the current law in response to his admitted assistance to a number of individuals, was invited to address the 2015 Congress of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. At the eleventh hour, the invitation to speak was withdrawn. In this column, we trace the course of events leading to this withdrawal of the invitation, and describe some of the correspondence to and from the College in response to the withdrawal. We draw parallels between the experiences of Harvey and Syme, and point to lessons to be learnt from the recent episode of apparent unwillingness, on the part of an institution that seeks to present itself as outward-looking, progressive and socially aware, to fulfil this promise in the increasingly important area of the end-of-life.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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