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Noel
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The Contender
Krakken101
Con (against)
Losing
6 Points

Resolved: an infirmary doctor should tranquilize an unruly prisoner.

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Started: 6/3/2008 Category: Health
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Noel

Pro

~~~ SIDE EFFECTS ~~~

At Grace Amazing Hospital
Penny Zillion's a doc.
She helps in the infirmary,
for jail down the block.

A prisoner became enraged
and injury seemed nigh.
The guards asked her to inject him,
else they would give a try.

Penny is not an enforcer,
she will not stand for pain.
But if she helps or she does not,
will greater harm obtain?

Penny Zillion has a medical practical at Grace Amazing Hospital and helps out in the local prison infirmary. One day she is asked to give a tranquilizing injection to an unruly prisoner. Penny feels that her job is to care for patients, not participate in their punishment. She believes that if she does not inject the prisoner, the latter will be roughly handled and some guards may also be injured.

Round 1 Reasoning

Mill might urge Penny to do as she pleases as long as that does not harm others.
A tranquilizer administered by a medical professional is unlikely to harm the prisoner. Rough handling by the guards, even if only attempting to retrain him, poses the greater possibility of harm. Since prisoner and some guards could conceivably be injured in the process of restraint, Mill's principle of acting to produce most happiness for the most people further supports Penny in injecting the prisoner.

Kant might raise a tangential concern. We are to respect ourselves and others. The prisoner has rights. Does administering a tranquilizer disrespect the prisoner or even disrespect Penny by placing her in a compromising position?

To answer affirmatively goes too far. This is not a matter of policy. It is situational use of medical restraint given an unruly prisoner and concern for the welfare of the prisoner and the guards. Furthermore, Penny is free to make up her own mind; she is not a pawn of the prison staff. And as a hospital physician, she certainly would rule out adverse reactions or other issues of medical history.

No, the Kantian concern for disrespect or being used by others does not pertain. The guiding light in this case comes from Mill. Tranquility through modern medicine will make life easier for everybody in this situation.
Krakken101

Con

My opponent states that tranquilizing a prisoner is in the best interest and safety of the prisoner, guard, and physician. However she fails to note that tranquilizing the prisoner may result in future aggression.

The fact that the prisoner was tranquilized may also lead to legal questions and lawsuits pertaining to said infraction of tranquilizing a prisoner who could of easily been retained, rather than injected with a drug like an animal to keep him under control. We must also examine the mental, medical, and physiological effect tranquilizing a human being can have on a person. Mentally this prisoner could become increasingly agitated and violent due to the humiliation and degradation of being tranquilized.

In the medical aspect lets assume the prisoner is allergic to morphine the common drug used in tranquilizers he could sue the physician for medical injustice so why drug a human being. when he can simply be detained or restrained by use of straps or handcuffs.

Now finally lets examine the physical aspect, the prisoner could have severe numbness and a terrible physical reaction to the drug scarring him for life and making him more prone to violent outbursts.
Debate Round No. 1
Noel

Pro

Con suggests that Penny should not tranquilize the prisoner because the prisoner may become aggressive in the future or may sue (conjecturing that Penny may use morphine and supposing further that the prisoner may be allergic). May this; may that. Krakken101, all this is speculation. I greatly appreciate your input, but we could conjecture all day and draw no conclusions. The prisoner may learn to play the cello, may write sonnets, learn greater self control, or become a prison guard.

Krakken101, help me find an argument here. And we need to adhere to the scenario. Whether your or I think that the prisoner could or could not have been easily restrained, Penny believes that if she does not inject the prisoner, the latter will be roughly handled and some guards may also be injured. How can we help Penny make a values-based decision, help her with the internal struggle over principles?
Krakken101

Con

Noel I am using realistic, normal conditions as applied to the scenario but lets play by you rules. Even if Penny feels that the prisoner may be "roughly handled" that's no reason to obstruct the guard from doing his/her job which is to retain the prisoner as i said earlier she has no right do such a thing to a person. If Penny is concerned for the guards well being she would seek help, Penny has her own moral and just principles she must adhere to especially in a case when tranquilizing the prisoner is completely unnecessary.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by DrAlexander 8 years ago
DrAlexander
I'm thinking about taking this one on. Hmm...
Posted by Rezzealaux 8 years ago
Rezzealaux
So this is what my third grade teacher meant when she said rhyming will be useful in the future...
Posted by Logical-Master 8 years ago
Logical-Master
If you do, start with a rhymish rebuttal.
Posted by Danielle 8 years ago
Danielle
I'm thinking about taking this one on. Hmm.
Posted by qwarkinator 8 years ago
qwarkinator
Do you really have to say resolved every time you debate?
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