Psychiatrists shouldn't do STI exams on patients: expert

Dr. Aubrey Levin, a Calgary psychiatrist leaves the Calgary Court Centre June 2, 2011. JIM...

Dr. Aubrey Levin, a Calgary psychiatrist leaves the Calgary Court Centre June 2, 2011. JIM WELLS/QMI AGENCY

Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

CALGARY - It's inappropriate for psychiatrists to examine patients for sexually transmitted diseases, or comment on the size of their privates, an expert said Friday, in the trial of Dr. Aubrey Levin.

Dr. Peter Collins, a forensic psychiatrist at the University of Toronto, said no physician should ever complement a patient on their physical appearance.

"To tell a patient that 'you're beautiful,' or 'you're handsome,' that's not appropriate," Collins told Crown prosecutor Bill Wister.

 


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