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posted by on Wednesday April 26 2017, @03:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the band-name-of-the-week dept.

An Alaska dentist, Seth Lookhart, is being prosecuted on 17 counts of fraud and "unlawful dental acts." It's one of these alleged dental acts — Count XI — that has moved me.

Court papers filed this week say in or around July 2016, Lookhart "performed a dental extraction procedure on a sedated patient while riding a hoverboard and filmed the procedure and distributed the film to persons outside his dental practice."

[...] What if his hoverboard skills weren't perfect? What if he'd slipped at the vital moment as his tools were gripped around the patient's teeth? Please forgive me if I also mention that hoverboards have been known to explode and catch fire.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/dentist-accused-of-extracting-teeth-while-riding-hoverboard-alaska/


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by fadrian on Wednesday April 26 2017, @03:48PM (1 child)

    by fadrian (3194) on Wednesday April 26 2017, @03:48PM (#500108) Homepage

    You commie liberals and your pinko socialist licensing! Why shouldn't the dentist have the freedom to ride his hoverboard while performing oral surgery? How will the state of the dental arts advance if not for experimentation? I am incensed that the state interferes in what should be a private matter between doctor and patient! And even if the patient didn't exactly know that this was happening, we don't want to clog the courts with frivolous lawsuits so... tort reform! Did I miss anything?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 26 2017, @07:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 26 2017, @07:14PM (#500284)

    Did I miss anything?

    You did. The most important thing, of course!

    This is just another example of a violently imposed monopoly encroaching on our god-given right to have dental work done in whatever way we negotiate with well-defined contracts.

    I should be able to negotiate a contract with my dentist to allow this. What I really want is oral surgery while sky diving. However, none of the dentists I've approached about doing this have agreed.

    All of them refused my request, not because it was insane, but because they feared reprisals from the violently imposed monopoly laughingly called "government."

    We need a mature society where I can have oral surgery while sky diving. Or scuba diving.