But if those are good arguments for shrinking people, or at least for removing some of their tissue, why stop with Ashley? We're facing an epidemic of patients who are physically and cognitively incapacitated, hard to lift, extremely cancer-prone, extremely uncomfortable, and incapable of childbearing. They're called old people.Would Saletan disapprove of treatment to reduce the ill effects, say, of gigantism and acromegaly? Does treating gigantism lead to a slippery slope, since the risks--"significant morbidity and mortality"--are well-known?
In fact, wouldn't we have slipped down the slope already, since we've been treating gigantism for much longer than we've known about Ashley?