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Its sad that there are people who want to do this when there are others who are dreading amputation due to cancer or some other disease. I think the author in the article's right when he says that more and more people will associate themselves with this - people like the idea of belonging to a misunderstood group. What better metaphor of the "victimization of society" is there then people cutting off limbs on purpose?
BTW - any surgeon that amputates for psychological reasons should immediately have their arms chopped off as well.
I was switching TV stations last night and saw a show on fox called Banzai, they had a one legged striker facing a one armed goalie. It was some weird Japanese show where you bet who would win. Only watched for a few minutes as it was too rotten even for a TV junkie like me.
As for people who willingly go through amputaion for psych reasons that is just weird.
That is pathetic. What a bunch of losers. Seabishop's comment was right on target. There are people that have suffered the horror of amputation that would love to have the limbs that these morons are basically throwing in the garbage.
Its kind of like suicide...there are hundreds of thousands of people dying from cancer, aids, and other terminal illnesses, yet some people can't handle their own problems and selfishly kill themselves.
Whereas in the past, persons with deranged fetishes "suffered" alone, now with the glories of the Internet, they can find the 666 other persons in the world whose big sexual turn on is transvestite cattle with extra large mammaries.
Ummmmmm...OK...I'll agree with Habanero on this one: WTF?!
I don't understand how someone could mutilate themselves to this extreme! I mean, taking a chainsaw to your leg or freezing it to the point that it must be removed? That's just messed-up! My friend lost a leg in a motorcycle accident, and he's still battling depression over it. Yet, people are removing their perfectly good limbs just for the hell of it! Jeez...
I refrained from posting on this thread because I wasnt quite sure how my reponse would be taken (most likely a troll). Unfortunately, I agree with jordanb, shocking as that may be.
Why is it unethical for a surgeon to perform a consensual amputation? After all, a surgeon can ethically take a person confused in thier sexuality (after counseling) and remove a thier penis and replace it with a facsimile of a vagina. Why not take off a leg (after counseling)? Why make these people resort to drastic measured like freezing a limb off? How ethical is that? At what point ar elective surgeries abominable?
It was jaw-dropping when I first read it, but the part that compared it to the transexuals made sense. Then I thought about the ethics on the part of the doctor. I think that I have to agree with Chet and Jordanb on this one too. I think that if it is consentual between two adults, with counseling, it should be alright. I imagine that the loss of a limb in an accident would be next to unbearable, but if you WANT it, then that's another situation, a situation that can be more controlled. In a way, this also relates to the Dr. Kevorkian controversy. I'm thinking if I'm too miserable to stay alive, help me die. Who better than me(with some kind of therapy to make sure that's what -I- want to do) could be better to make that call? So I guess, If I have chosen that I would be happier with out my left arm, so be it. Perhaps science could benefit?
I think the doctors shouldn't be allowed to do it because there is no need to disfigure the person. I also think they shouldn' t do the transexual operations either (unless its a hermaphrodite case) so its obvious the medical community doesn't care what I think. I know people have plastic surgery but at least its goal is to improve and not disfigure.
Wanting your limbs amputated is obviously a psychological problem. I don't think the surgeons should agree and say "yes, you do need your leg chopped off." Its like if a psychotic person wanted a doctor to chop their arm off because "the spiders are eating me alive." The doctor shouldn't agree with their summation and chop away even if they might do it themselves.
What time to be alive - a group of planners around the country debates the pros and cons of allowing voluntary amputation!