December 3, 2022

Utterly tasteless: Monty Python on informed consent

“Bring out yer dead…”

Fans of Monty Python and the Holy Grail may remember this
excruciatingly funny (or excruciatingly tasteless) scene in which the collector
of dead bodies in a plague-stricken city deals with the issue of euthanasia:
"Bring out yer dead; bring out yer dead!" It serves as a textbook case of lack
of informed consent. (HT to Medical Futility blog)


The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m getting better!


Large Man With Dead Body: No, you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a
moment.


The Dead Collector: Well, I can’t take him like that. It’s against
regulations…

One thought on “Utterly tasteless: Monty Python on informed consent

  1. Actually, I do think this episode is very funny. I am pro-life and completely against euthanasia but I also laugh! Perhaps it is my English sense of humour but I think we stop laughing at ridiculous things at our peril.

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