Doctors point out that since they make life and death choices every day in their professional lives, they should be trusted to have the wisdom and objectivity to make a decision affecting their personal life too.A second equally reasonable and a far more practical argument in favor of doctors being allowed to date former patients comes mainly from the ranks of family physicians.Also when a patient comes to a physician, most likely the former is ill and thus vulnerable to whatever the doctor says or tells him/her to do.When a person’s physical and mental faculties are thus compromised, any relationship entered into is usually not from a position of strength and equality but rather weakness and vulnerability.Other patients praised the murdered medic who had worked at the cancer hospital for 25 years alongside his wife, who was also a doctor here.'He was an exceptionally good doctor,' said one.'He removed my grandmother's lymphoma, this is her seventh healthy year after the surgery...'Another said: 'I was due to see him next week. He was one of a kind, patients would forever queue up to see him.'He was also described as 'incredibly caring and gentle, if somewhat reserved.Such an incredible loss.'The doctor died on 9 August at Murmansk Region Cancer Clinic but the video was released only now. Russian politicians have called for greater security at hospitals - including metal detector tests at entrances - to stop such attacks.Almost all developed societies prohibit any romantic or sexual relationship between a doctor and a current patient.
When a doctor is romantically involved with a patient, it is extremely likely that the former’s emotions may thwart his/her objectivity and professional prudence.
The unnamed attacker had been a patient at other cancer clinics in Murmansk before seeing Dr Tyulenev.
He had become convinced he was suffering from cancer and that doctors were hiding it from him, according to NTV.
Shortly before the appalling stabbing, Dr Tyulenev, in his late 50s, had assured the man test results gave him the all-clear from cancer.'Portmortem analyses has also confirmed that the attacker did not have cancer,' said a spokesman from the Russian Investigative Committee, seen as an equivalent of the FBI.
A source at the clinic said: 'Our intensive care doctors did all they could to rescue Igor, but his wounds were fatal.'The attacker was delivered into the same intensive care operating theatre, and another team worked to rescue him, too, but to no avail.'On the day he stabbed the doctor, the man did not have an appointment.