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Monday, May 1, 2000

If anyone is interested in reading about a physician (neurologist) who has learned the ropes of the court system and who entertains the reader with forensic medical tales, this is the book to read and savor. Although Dr. Klawans is a frequent medical expert witness for both sides of the versus, he does not hesitate to use the term "hired gun" for impartial medical experts and minces no words in describing the shortcomings of the tort system. In case after case, Dr. Klawans describes how the system works as he plays the role of expert for both plaintiffs and defendants in medical malpractice cases. I recommend this book particularly for physicians who need a distraction from the present travails of corporate socialized medicine (managed care). It will also help them get through the ropes of the court system, if and when he or she is summoned to participate in courtroom proceedings and chances are, he or she will!

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and author of Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine.

Saturday, April 1, 2000

In their guidelines for resolving conflict in cases of non-beneficial or futile medical treatment, the San Francisco Bay Area Network of Ethics Committee continues the disturbing trend of medicine moving toward collectivism and the ethics of distributive justice.(1,2)

According to the tradition and ethics of Hippocrates that have served the profession well for 2500 years, physicians recognize that the interest of the patient is paramount. They, therefore, reject the so-called rational allocation of scarce and finite resources. Physicians who follow the ethics of Hippocrates place the interest of the individual patient above that of the collective, be that third-party payers, health care networks, or the “greater good” of society.(2) To do otherwise becomes the first step down the slippery slope of euthanasia—rationing by death.

 Before the Nazis came to power in Germany, the Weimar Republic (a social democracy) paved the way for rational utilitarian ethics of the allocation of resources. As early as 1931, German physicians openly held discussions about the sterilization of “undesirables” and euthanasia of the chronically mentally ill. Hitler issued his first...

Keyword(s): medical history

Thursday, March 30, 2000

The March 23 Associated Press story, "Boy held classmates at gunpoint," exemplifies the false sense of security conveyed by trigger locks and other "smart gun" technology.

Recall that the 12-year-old Ohio boy's father told police that "the weapon (a loaded 9mm semi-automatic) had been stored on a dresser top with a fully engaged trigger lock." According to police, "The boy apparently found the key and removed the lock."

"Smart-gun" technology may in some instances cause more harm than good and can be dangerous. Trigger locks can not only disengage but can cause the gun to misfire. When Beretta tested its own trigger lock (Saf T Lok), it not only malfunctioned but caused 18 of 27 rounds to misfire. And, as the case above demonstrated, it can also give parents a false sense of safety that may not be there and of security rather than a sense of responsibility.

Loaded chamber indicators are hazardous because they skip the basic safety rule of looking directly in the chamber. That is how people learn firsthand the old lament, "I didn't know the gun was loaded."

Last, smart-gun technology, including digital fingerprint recognition as well as separate...

Keyword(s): gun control, guns

Tuesday, December 28, 1999

Dennis Farney's "Why Two Doctors Still Value Their Guns, Knowing the Toll" (page one, Dec. 13) was a poignant piece of reporting. The shooting tragedy notwithstanding, Drs. Kelly and Borkon represent the naivete of many Americans who still believe the Second Amendment is about hunting. It's not. It's about the right to protect yourself and your family, and even more importantly -- preserving freedom.

While these doctors are NRA members and avid hunters, they want to have their cake and eat it too. Dr. Borkon wrote the NRA in protestation for holding its scheduled Denver convention. Dr. Kelly is not "bothered by gun registration" and "doesn't see the need for semi-automatic assault rifles."

The Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, was added to the Constitution to limit the power of leviathan government, which the Founding Fathers believed had a monopolistic tendency to wrest power away from individual citizens. James Madison wrote that the advantage Americans have over every other nation is that they are armed. And George Mason wrote, "To disarm the people is the best most effectual way to enslave them. . . ." The problem with registration is that it...

Monday, December 6, 1999

This book will remain timeless given the new legal assault onthe tobacco industry and the gun manufacturers. To find out the details and the evolution of legal concepts as it affects society, the reader should immerse himself in this momentous and extremely witty and well-written book by former Manhattan Institute scholar, Walter K. Olson. Olson's book traces the history of legal theory and ethics, and discusses the impact of these evolutionary (and revolutionary) changes on modern American society. Olson wittily, yet scholarly, details the detrimental effects of the litigation explosion on society. The book should be prescribed reading for anyone who recognizes that he/she too may well be caught in the net of litigation - that is, everyone of us. Olson makes it amply clear that no one is immune from this societal disease and that a strong remedy is needed to cure this affliction.

As I predicted in an editorial in the April 1993 issue of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, "On the Liability Crisis and the Glut of Litigators," the rate of litigation and the adversarial legal system has intensified with the presidency of Bill Clinton, who we...

Monday, November 22, 1999

If the intent is to prevent mass shootings and other deadly acts, then gun control laws need to be eased not strengthened.

During the early 1970s, the PLO waged a nefarious war of terrorism against Israel that included attacking schoolchildren on playgrounds. A rampage of terrorist attacks culminated in the Maalot massacre, in which Arab terrorists, who had taken about 100 schoolchildren hostage, responded to an assault by Israeli rescue forces by blowing up explosives and firing upon their hapless victims, killing 25 people and wounding 66 others.

Following this hideous massacre, the Israeli government changed its stringent gun control policies (which it had inherited from the British Mandate) and issued personal arms and concealed carry permits to law-abiding, ordinary Israelis in the settlements.

Writing in the June 13, 1998 Wyoming Star Tribune, Charles Curley observed:

"[After the Maalot incident] teachers and kindergarten nurses now started to carry guns. Schools were protected by parents (and often grandparents) guarding them in voluntary shifts. No school group went on a hike or a trip without armed guards. The police involved the...

Friday, November 19, 1999

This outstanding book by a black American journalist for The Washington Post recounts the emotional and spiritual awakening of the author upon his fateful visit to his ancestral home, Africa. He vividly recounts his adventurers and journalistic travails on the Dark Continent, and finds he belongs happily and unregretfully in America. He thanks Providence for the fact his ancestors were brought to America, even as slaves, so that he could be born a free man in America. One of the most poignant scenes in the book sums it up. In shock, he sees countless numbers of black corpses floating down a river in Rwanda. He states, as politically incorrect as it may be, "There but by the grace of God, go I." The book is a must read for everyone, particularly those who want to supplant America for a Utopian paradise that has never existed in Africa or elsewhere - not even in socialism, communism, or any form of collectivism.

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

Thursday, November 18, 1999

While I don't agree with all the conclusions drawn in this book, the author has dealt honestly with this subject and has added pertinent information to the vaccination debate. In fact, he has uncovered information that is immensely important and that has not been made readily available by the public health establishment to the general public. This thin tome, nevertheless, contains graphs showing the precipitous decline in death rates in such diseases as polio, measles, and pertussis, before immunization programs had been put in place. While the book is a best seller among parents and the public, it should also be studied by those reluctant to question conventional wisdom regarding immunization.

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. Editor-in-Chief, Medical Sentinel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

Keyword(s): vaccines

Thursday, November 18, 1999

This political booklet subtitled "How Republicans Can Fight to Win," despite its optimistic tone, carries a disturbing message - namely, that because we live "in a democracy," for conservatives to win they will have to, in my words, "demagogue" themselves to victory. Politics is war and politics is about winning. This brief book by renown author David Horowitz, who has written two bestseller classics, Destructive Generation and Radical Son, deserves careful attention from those recognizing the need to master the art of political warfare to effectively combat the advances of socialism in America.

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. Editor-in-Chief, Medical Sentinel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

Keyword(s): politics

Friday, September 3, 1999

This is a great book. It shows how American medicine is being socialized to the detriment of patients.

On managed competition/care, the author observes, "Government cannot preserve high quality health care, prompt service, and freedom of choice without allowing health care providers the freedom to meet demand; Government cannot reduce the regulatory burden...government cannot apply price controls without creating shortages and rationing care...." Dr. Annis points out, "Finagle all they will, bureaucrats and entrepreneurs will never overcome the problem of excessive costs without correcting the basic flaw: the system of third-party payers, whether government or corporate."

Code Blue shows how with "minimal changes in our tax laws, Medisave accounts would empower the patient by breaking the tie between job and health insurance and even would allow the gradual phasing out of Medicare," wrote Jerome C. Arnett, Jr., M.D. for the Medical Sentinel.

Here are some pertinent comments from various publications:

"I strongly suggest that the public read this book before swallowing the nostrums currently discussed nightly on the news....