As a dad with five kids and someone who has had plenty of contact with doctors and hospitals — and as a man with a disability — the issues raised by our interview with Dr. Fredric Newman are powerful and deeply haunting.
His story of the Cyclops baby he encountered early in his medical career conveys the power of compassion against all odds and the power of doctors who can make decisions for people without their knowledge or consent.
This story pushes all the buttons. Dr. Neuman's life was clearly changed by this event and his sharing of the story, and the decisions and judgments made by Dr. Neuman and his colleagues will change you too.
This is a conversation you are going to want to be a part of. Listen and let us know how you would have resolved the "Cyclops Baby Parable." Perhaps you think it's simple, or (closer to Dr. Neuman's position), you think it is the kind of event that breaks down moral clarity and forces us to think of life and humanity in different ways, forces us to shed our notions of black and white.
I know I'm still thinking about it, as Dr. Neuman has for more than 50 years.