Dr. Amy Tuteur is an obstetrician-gynecologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Tuteur is a former clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 7:17AM

Masturbatory insanity: the rise and fall of an idea


The history of medicine is replete with theories that reflect religious beliefs rather than scientific facts. One of the most interesting, and most instructive examples of this phenomenon is the claim that masturbation causes insanity.

Masturbatory insanity pre-occupied medical professionals… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 7:23AM

WWJI: Who would Jesus insure?


Ahh, the irony. Christian Conservatives have a sordid history of trying to force religion into medicine.

According to them, Jesus does not allow abortions, so laws should prevent abortion, or, failing that, should place innumerable roadblocks in the way of women who want abortions.

According… Read full post »

soup kitchen

Officials of the American grocery industry have announced that they are preparing a two pronged attack against soup kitchens for the poor. They plan an advertising campaign to alert the public of the dangers of soup kitchens, and a lobbying effort in Congress.

A spokesman for the grocery indu… Read full post »

APRIL 7, 2009 6:51PM

Branching out


I'm branching out with a free standing blog at The Skeptical OB ( Everyone is welcome.

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APRIL 3, 2009 9:18AM

Astoundingly negligent, yes, but was it malpractice?

60th birthday

Read Part 1 of this story here.

This is a picture of my Dad celebrating his 60th birthday. Four weeks later he was coughing up blood. Eight weeks after that he was dead. He looks healthy in this picture, but, unbeknownst to him, his chest… Read full post »


My Dad

This is a picture of my dad on the day my second son was born. Looking at him, apparently healthy, vigorous and happy (and only 60 years old), it’s hard to believe that in 3 months he was diagnosed with the cancer that would kill him… Read full post »

elderly woman

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released a report that attempt to quantify the financial and personal burden of Alzheimer’s care.

… [M]edicare payments alone are almost three times higher for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia than for others age 65 and over;… Read full post »

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MARCH 30, 2009 6:56PM

They killed my patient. Then they tried to hide it.


A maternal death is an extraordinary tragedy. Until recently, it was all too common. In 1900, almost 1% of pregnant women died in and around childbirth. The advent of modern obstetrics has dropped the maternal mortality rate by 99% since then, so most people have no direct acquaintance with… Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2009 5:32PM

Cosmo and the zipless f*ck


I love Cosmopolitan Magazine, I really do. Where else can you find so much information on how to be an unpaid prostitute?

Founder Helen Gurley Brown intended Cosmo to be sexually liberating for its women readers, a feminist sexual manifesto. The Cosmo of 2009 has evolved to extol the be… Read full post »

 Wall St. broken

I know, I know, the title is far too gentle, so let me tell you how I really feel:

 Now that Republican Conservatives have officially managed to ruin everything, from the banking system, to the budget deficit, to the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they are shocked, shocked,Read full post »

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MARCH 26, 2009 9:07AM

Your genital piercing got infected? Bummer.


If you’re freaked out by eyebrow piercing, the kind of person who can’t look directly at your Starbucks barrista,  stop reading now. Even if you are a devotee of “body art,” you may reflexively cross your legs as you read this.

The latest craze is… Read full post »

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MARCH 25, 2009 8:07AM

Sorry, Mom, no praise for getting your 12 year old the Pill

The Pill

No one likes unsolicited advice. It doesn’t matter if it’s good advice and it doesn’t matter if it’s well meant. Patients are no exception, even though part of the provider’s job is to counsel patients about their lifestyle choices. Smokers don’t want to b… Read full post »

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MARCH 24, 2009 9:11AM

Video game lets you get in touch with your inner rapist

woman targeted

From Japan, the font of video game technology, comes a new game that is possibly the most offensive video game ever produced. The game is RapeLay, a rape simulator game. Yes, you read that right. RapeLay allows you to play a sexual predator in the subway.… Read full post »

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MARCH 23, 2009 8:31AM

Mister Rodgers was wrong: children can go down the drain


Fred Rogers soothed the fears of several generations of children by explaining why they cannot go down the drain. Mister Rogers was thinking of the bathtub drain, which relies on gravity to empty the tub. Evidently there was no swimming pool in his Neighborhood, certainly not one that… Read full post »

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MARCH 20, 2009 8:19AM

She tried to flush baby down the toilet; then it gets weird


Working in a hospital brings exposure to the human condition in the way that no other job can. Of course you see birth and death, but you also see the results of human foibles like rage, anger and despair. All too often, mental illness plays a (usually harmful) role.… Read full post »

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MARCH 18, 2009 6:05PM

Don't get screened for prostate cancer

looking in shorts

What’s worse than being rendered impotent and incontinent by prostate cancer treatment? Being rendered impotent and incontinent by prostate cancer treatment that was unnecessary.

Two large, well-conducted studies revealed what doctors have suspected for quite some time. Screening f… Read full post »

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MARCH 17, 2009 4:32PM

Condoms not the answer? Only if asking the wrong question.


On the long running game show Jeopardy, contestants are given the category and the answer, and they have to provide the correct question. So, for example, if the category were HIV/AIDS, and the answer was “condoms,” the correct question would be “What is the safest, most co… Read full post »

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MARCH 16, 2009 5:52PM

We lied and the patient died


While I have lots of unpleasant memories of my training, I don’t have a lot of regrets. There is one case, though, that I cannot forget: I went along with care that I believed to be unethical. I can rationalize it by taking into account that I was the… Read full post »

let my people go

The Jewish holiday of Passover is less than three weeks away. This is a parody of the January 8thpiece condemning Israel for the Gaza assault written by Glenn Greenwald, a prolific and vociferous critic of Israel.

World concern over, and opposition to, the Hebrews escape from Pharoah&r… Read full post »

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MARCH 13, 2009 9:08AM

The organic food scam

produce shopping

It’s the holy grail of contemporary marketing: getting consumers to pay more for something that is worth less. When it comes to organic food, marketers have hit the jackpot.

How have consumers have been enticed to pay more for products that are potentially less… Read full post »

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MARCH 12, 2009 8:19AM

No, Ma'am, your 5 year old did not get gonorrhea from you

sad girl

Sometimes an event is so ineffably sad that it almost defies comprehension. That was how I felt after a phone call on a bright Saturday morning in my last year of medical training.

As a chief-resident in obstetrics and gynecology, I was responsible for handling… Read full post »

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MARCH 11, 2009 9:42AM

What if the screening test hurt more people than the cancer?

ovarian cancer ribbon

Every so often I get an e-mail forwarded to me recounting the story of a friend or acquaintance recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The cancer is almost always far advanced, and the prognosis is very grim.

The e-mail reveals that the cancer might have… Read full post »

fetal ultrasound

The right to terminate a pregnancy is a cherished right among those who are pro-choice. In an effort to support that right, they often portray abortion as a difficult decision, chosen only after anguished contemplation. The reality of abortion is far different. Women have abortions for any r… Read full post »

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MARCH 9, 2009 10:22AM

Does statutory rape discriminate against boys?


A sharply divided Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently issued a ruling with head spinning legal and ethical implications. The question at issue: do statutory rape charges discriminate against boys? According to the SJC, that claim can be raised in a defense against the charge of sta… Read full post »

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MARCH 6, 2009 10:49AM

Jon and Kate Plus Scandal

Jon and Kate

I’m surprised to find myself upset about a reality TV star having a very uncomfortable brush with reality. The incident could an unexpected benefit, though. The embarrassment of having a personal failing caught on camera might cause Jon to consider how his eight children feel about the… Read full post »