Sep 222010
 

One of the most frequently given reasons people provide for being unwilling to believe the claims of Happeh Theory, is that they go against established scientific claims or they are refuted by scientists.

That seems like a reasonable reaction since people are taught scientists are respected people who should be trusted, and “Happeh” is an unknown stranger on the internet.

Scientists are not infallible. They make mistakes as this series of blog entries will demonstrate. Every blog entry in this series provides an example of scientists being wrong about something.

Hopefully, after perusing these examples of scientists making mistakes, people will be more willing to believe the claims of Happeh Theory are correct, and that scientists are the ones who have made a mistake.

The news story this blog entry is based on reports that an increasing number of people are complaining that plastic surgery that was supposed to help them actually causing them problems.

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Claims soar for botched cosmetic surgery

There has been a “significant rise” in the number of negligence claims against doctors who harm and even kill patients during cosmetic surgery.

The patients’ charity Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is so concerned that it is considering setting up an independent group to provide information on surgeons’ success rates. The new group would also support patients whose surgery has gone wrong.

The move follows the death on Friday of Denise Hendry, the wife of former Scotland football captain Colin Hendry, who contracted a serious infection as she recovered from an operation to correct botched cosmetic surgery. Denise, a mother of four, suffered multiple organ failure in 2002 after a “routine” liposuction procedure at a private hospital.

“There has been a definite increase in claims against cosmetic surgeons for surgery that’s gone tragically wrong,” said Peter Walsh, chief executive of AvMA. “It is terrible but it will be something that rises significantly as the number of people choosing to have these operations continues to increase, and as awareness spreads that claims against surgeons can be pursued. This is an area crying out for better regulation.”

According to market researcher Mintel, cosmetic surgery in Britain was worth £143m in 2002 but this year the figure will touch £1.2bn.

Medical negligence specialist Edwina Rawson, of Charles Russell solicitors in London, said the key problem is the lack of information about the competence of surgeons. “At the moment you could have a bowel surgeon setting up to operate on someone’s face and it would be impossible to know,” she said.

The government recently announced that certain cosmetic laser treatments are to be taken out of statutory regulation, despite a significant number of incidents resulting in harm for the patient.

Ministers have also refused to regulate procedures such as Botox injections and dermal fillers.

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