Published Articles

Thursday, May 5, 1994

...The last chance for a future that makes ecological sense...We thought that the one-month deadline for the writing [of this Manifesto] was impossible, that we could easily spend a year on it. But a year is about one-fifth of the time that we have left if we are going to preserve any kind of quality in our world.

The Environmental Handbook, Earth Day celebration, 1970.
Quoted 22 years later by Gary Benoit, editor of The New American, June 1, 1992.

We all want clean air, clean water, and a clean environment. And, indeed, true environmental problems abound. One only has to discern the ecological disaster brought about by the totalitarian Marxist regimes of Eastern and Central Europe over years of environmental degradation and senseless central planning: industrial air and water pollution, improper waste disposal, deforestation, even water depletion of natural water reservoirs, e.g., lakes. In fact, the fourth largest lake (the Aral Sea in the former USSR) has been largely dried up and the adjacent land turned into a wasteland from irresponsible drainage and over-irrigation. Then, there is the disastrous...



Sunday, May 1, 1994

Abstract — The AMA Council on Scientific Affairs did not conduct a rigorous scientific evaluation before supporting a ban on assault weapons.  The Council appears to have unquestioningly accepted common misperceptions and even partisan misrepresentations regarding the nature and uses of assault weapons.  This article examines the pivotal issues and proposes a rational approach to gun control and more effectual measures to reduce violence in our society.

To read entire article, click the link below:

http://rkba.org/research/suter/aw.html

Publication Note: "Assault Weapons" Revisited — An Analysis of the AMA Report by Edgar A. Suter, MD was originally published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, Volume 83, May 1994, while Dr. Miguel A. Faria served as Editor-in-Chief of that medical journal. The link above is provided for readers who wish to read the entire article.

Copyright © Edgar A. Suter, MD, Chairman, Doctors for Integrity in Research & Public Policy



Tuesday, March 1, 1994

Abstract — Errors of fact, design, and interpretation abound in the medical literature on guns and violence. The peer review process has failed to prevent publication of the errors of politicized, results-oriented research. Most of the data on guns and violence are available in the criminological, legal, and social sciences literature, yet escapes acknowledgment or analysis of the medical literature. Lobbyists and other partisans continue to promulgate the fallacies that cloud the public debate and impede the development of effective strategies to reduce violence in our society. This article examines a representative sample of politicized and incompetent research.

To read entire article, click the link below:

http://rkba.org/research/suter/med-lit.html

Publication Note: Guns in the Medical Literature — A Failure of Peer Review by Edgar A. Suter, MD was originally published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, Volume 83, March 1994, pp 133-148 while Dr. Miguel A. Faria served as Editor-in-Chief of that medical journal. The link above is provided for readers who wish to read the entire article including graphs.



Tuesday, February 1, 1994

Throughout the ages, some physicians have had more than a passing interest in politics, justice, and the mechanics of government. For example, the illustrious American physician, Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), one of the fathers of American psychiatry and a highly esteemed physician in his own day, was also one of the 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence. He was one of four physicians to proclaim: "with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour." * And, by signing their names on that political document par excellence, these men took a courageous and bold stand against the course of tyranny. Benjamin Rush did not end his political career with the signing of the document, for in addition to being an indefatigable physician and a prolific writer, he was also a founder of the first American antislavery society, and served as a treasurer of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.(1)

In this month's editorial I have chosen to write about medical facets in the events surrounding two civil wars, the English Civil War of the mid-17th century and the American Civil War of the 19th century...

Keyword(s): medical history


Sunday, October 3, 1993

The ideal for which the family stands is liberty. It is the only institution that is at once necessary and voluntary. It is the only check on the state that is bound to renew itself as eternally as the state, and more naturally than the state.

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

When families fail, society fails. The anarchy and lack of structure in our inner cities are testament to how quickly civilization falls apart when the family foundation cracks. Children need love and discipline. They need mother and father. It is from parents that children learn how to believe in society....Among families headed by married couples today, there is a poverty rate of 5.7%. But 33.4% of families headed by a single mother are in poverty today....It doesn’t help matters when prime time TV has Murphy Brown—a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid, professional woman—mocking the importance of fathers, by bearing a child alone, and calling it just another “lifestyle choice”....It’s time to talk again about family, hard work, integrity, and personal responsibility.

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Friday, October 1, 1993

Many Americans, even physicians, are unaware that the National Research Council, which is an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, proclaimed in February 1993 that “the AIDS epidemic will have little impact on the lives of most Americans or the way society functions.” Moreover, the CDC has released the year-end AIDS figures for 1992 which show that “the overall cases increased only 3.5% from the year before, less than the 5% increase from 1990-1991.” Furthermore, as recently reported by National Review, the CDC enunciated that it was revising downward its estimate of future AIDS cases; it seems, therefore, that Michael Fumento’s book, The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS, will be vindicated after all.

Nevertheless, the AIDS activists have had enough muscle to coerce the CDC to broaden the description of AIDS to avert the flattening of the curve of the AIDS epidemic. This tactic would, of course, again balloon the number of AIDS victims and create the illusion that we are all still vulnerable, so as to preserve the momentum of a pandemic, and thereby, achieve the goals of their narrow political agenda: Retain their supremacy of government medical (research and prevention)...



Tuesday, June 1, 1993

As you may or may not know, there are no physicians from organized medicine serving on Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Health Care Task Force—MDs who represent practitioners and their patients. Those MDs who are on the task force, according to the American Medical Association (AMA), are mostly “federal employees” who do not represent the profession. It is reasonable to assume that more likely they represent the bureaucracies whence they came and which sign their paychecks.

A few years ago, I believe it was at the time of his ascension to the top of the AMA totemic hierarchy, Dr. James S. Todd, Executive Vice-President of the AMA, announced quite ceremoniously we had entered a “new era of cooperation, not confrontation.” And indeed, a new era began. But, it has not been an era of mutual cooperation, as we were led to believe, in which government and medicine entered a new phase of cooperation for the mutual benefit of the medical profession and their patients on the one hand, and the government policymakers and bureaucrats on the other. Instead of cooperation, we have been ushered down a one-way street of progressive government intrusion into the practice of medicine,...



Wednesday, May 5, 1993

A half-truth is a whole lie.
Jewish Proverb

Anything repeated three times in Washington becomes fact.
Eugene McCarthy

In a previous article entitled "Crisis in Health Care Delivery," I wrote: “Only 4% of the [American] population lacks health insurance for two years or longer,” and hinted at the fact the actual number of truly chronically uninsured and underinsured was less than the number the media and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had promulgated before and during the Presidential campaign—the 34-37 million so often quoted.(1) Well, it turns out Dr. Francis Davis, publisher of Private Practice, has also disclosed in a recent editorial the work of Alan Reynolds, director of economic research at the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis, who called the much touted number of uninsured “this year’s (1992) big lie” in a Detroit News article.(2)

The CBO has done it again.  As you will remember, it was the CBO which both suggested and estimated that millions of dollars in revenues could be obtained by “soaking the rich” in the form of taxation of luxury yachts. What really happened was that...



Tuesday, December 1, 1992

Abstract: On June 30, 1559, King Henry II of France (1519-1559), against the advice of his court ministers, participated in a fateful joust. The wooden lance of his younger opponent pierced the King's headgear, shattered into fragments, and penetrated his right orbit and temple. The King survived for 11 days following the mortal wound and was treated by two of the most distinguished physicians of the Renaissance: Ambroise Paré (1510-1590), the master surgeon, and Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), the great anatomist. The unfortunate event, the nature of the injury, and the medical consultation between these eminent physicians should all be of interest to neurosurgeons. The historical consequences of this event are briefly reviewed.

In the spring of 1559, King Henry II of France (1519-1559), his Florentine wife Catherine de Medici (1519-1589), and their royal progeny were poised and seemingly destined for glory.(Fig.1)

Their young son Francis II had married the spirited and attractive Mary Queen of Scots the previous year in an extravagant ceremony. Now the royal couple planned lavish festivities for the upcoming marriages of Henry's sister Marguerite to the...

Keyword(s): medical history


Tuesday, December 1, 1992

Acquiescence is the trademark of the slave.
Aristotle (4th Century B.C.)

The issue of whether we will remain an independent and compassionate profession or become an enslaved government trade union will not be clearly evident until some time after the Presidential election. For one thing, the conservative health care planners have been silenced by the media, and the Congressional democrats (73%) favor socialized medicine either in the form of National Health Insurance (NHI) or Universal Medicare-type coverage (RBRVS) as previously advocated by Congressmen “Pete” Stark (D-CA) and Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL). So you ask, “What about the future of health care?”

We appear to be poised for a uniquely American version of socialized medicine—apparently, we do not learn from other people’s mistakes. Moreover, to placate conservative critics, the health care reform package will have a veneer of “free-market” capitalism covering a hard core of socialism, RBRVS concepts and rationing.

From the capitalist school, we will be compassionately coerced to work twice as hard as before to make up for the decrease in reimbursement inherent to RBRVS...





Diary of Dreams performs at the 2016 M’era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany. M’era Luna, “one of the biggest dark music events in Germany,” is held each year on the second weekend in August. Close to 25,000 people attend the festival annually to hear gothic, metal and industrial music performed on two large festival-style stages.