Doctors Refusing to Treat Malpractice Lawyers

The New York Times offers the opinion in its “The Ethicist” column that it is perfectly okay for doctors to refuse to treat medical malpractice lawyers. Taking it a step further, the author actually encourages the practice.

The logic of this completely escapes me. Does this doctor believe that it is ethically wrong for a lawyer to handle a medical malpractice case? I’m a lawyer. Some lawyers focus their practice exclusively on legal malpractice cases. It would never even occur to me to have ill feelings towards a legal malpractice lawyer.