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Senate Candidate Posts “Gruesome” Medical Images Online

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

February 24, 2014

A U.S. Senate candidate’s Facebook postings “of gruesome X-ray images of gunshot fatalities and medical injuries to his Facebook page” have raised ethics and privacy concerns, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Milton Wolf, a Kansas radiologist “anchoring a campaign for the Republican nomination with calls for federal healthcare reform,” has said the images are legal and were uploaded for educational purposes. However, the images included disparaging comments about the victims, the report states. “The dignity and privacy of the individual should be protected,” said Center for Practical Bioethics President John Carney. “It doesn't sound like they're being protected if they're, obviously, on Facebook.” Editor’s Note: In a Privacy Perspectives post this past summer, Valita Fredland, CIPP/US, wrote about healthcare providers and social media use.
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