Why should you be a member of AAPS? Because AAPS is the association fighting to save our profession. If there is any doubt, consider what just happened with the Kassebaum-Kennedy Bill, which President Clinton called “the first step toward universal health care.”
The affluent seek German sports cars and Italian suits. Japanese children are supposedly better educated. European women are more beautiful. “Made in the USA” seems to be motto only to various union groups. Is there nothing of rational worth being created in this nation?
For some reason, I have reached that stage in life where I am cursed by weddings. They invariably involve close friends or relatives so that I cannot, in good conscience, say “no.” My wife likes these sorts of things. Personally, I would rather undergo a root canal.
Dear AMNews Editor,
Shame on you!
You know good and well it was Dr. Jane M. Orient, Executive Director of the AAPS, who in The Wall Street Journal (May 30, 1996) in a momentous editorial [and Phyllis Schlafly with her warning salvo in The Washington Times (May 22, 1996)] started the grass [roots] fire, not just amongst physicians but also civil libertarians and other conservatives, alerted and kindled opposition to the oppressive fraud and abuse provisions of the Kassebaum-Kennedy Bill.
Dear Dr. Faria,
I have seen the first number of the Medical Sentinel and I was particularly pleased by your statement that it is committed to the defense of the tenets set forth in the Hippocratic Oath. As I have tried myself to defend the Oath from some of its attackers, I am glad that its value is reaffirmed. Best wishes to you and to the Medical Sentinel...
Dear Dr. Faria,
The American Medical Association (AMA) has become a chameleon in its medical ethics. Examples abound. Long after the cancer- and other disease-causing effects of cigarettes were known, the AMA continued to accept money from tobacco, even promoting particular brands.(1) Not until 1981 did the AMA finally sell investments in tobacco stocks under heavy pressure from the news media and anti-tobacco groups of young physicians.
Thank God for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). While the AMA has been busy selling its name to the Sunbeam Corporation and giving its seal of approval to HCFA in return for profits from the sale of coding books, the AAPS has shown yet again it's unwavering commitment to the patient-doctor relationship and professional ethics. While the AMA is busy collaborating with the enemy (HCFA) to bring us increased government bureaucracy, the AAPS is fighting back by filing a lawsuit against HCFA.
I am involved in a number of initiatives to promote practice outside managed care. I helped to found a group of mental health
Thank you indeed for the copies of the Medical Sentinel. I am reading them slowly, with great interest and delight in the depth of your Editor-in-Chief's classical education and scholarship.
I find your choice of articles to be an outstanding selection, a gathering of minds occupied as the mind should be with attention to historical foundations while examining the follies that choke our mental productiveness today.
Dear Dr. Faria,
Thanks for sending me copies of your articles from the Medical Sentinel; I enjoyed them very much. Speaking to you and the other AAPS members at the convention in Raleigh was most encouraging. I am glad to see a bunch of savvy freedom fighters with the courage to stand up to Big Government...
All the best,
Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1999;4(1);1-2. Copyright©1999 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
Dear Dr. Faria,
It was a pleasure to meet you at the AAPS meeting. I am telling all my physician friends to join AAPS. So often, doctors in private practice feel as if there is "no hope." A weekend spent with physicians who value freedom, and are willing to fight for it, was a big boost.
In my mail on my return was a copy of Dermatology World. I thought you would be interested in page 5.*
Leah S. McCormack, MD
Forest Hills, NY
* Resolution 198.4 --- Capitation's Impact on Medical Ethics:
A History of Censorship
The beginnings at first were merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitude of the physicians. It started with the acceptance of the attitude, basic in the euthanasia movement, that there is such a thing as life not worthy to be lived. This attitude in its early stages concerned itself merely with the severely and chronically sick. Gradually the sphere of those to be included in this category was enlarged to encompass the socially unproductive, the ideologically unwanted, the racially unwanted and finally all non-Germans.
Your recent article in the Medical Sentinel about the decline of England and gun control was absolutely terrific. This is the best article I have read on any topic in many months...Finally, is it possible to give gifts of the Medical Sentinel to libraries, and hope that they renew? We need to understand the library purchasing system better, and get into that market for the Medical Sentinel. Keep up the great work.
Andrew L. Schlafly, Esq.
Dear Drs. Scherzer and Goltry,
Congratulations on the excellent articles you wrote in the November/December 1998 issue of the Medical Sentinel. You said exactly what needs to be said, if people would only pay attention.
Wallace Rubin, MD
Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1999;4(3);77-81. Copyright©1999 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
...You and the editorial board are to be commended for all your excellent work! When I get frustrated about the way the state and federal governments are eroding the medical system in the U.S., I can get a dose of enthusiasm to keep up the fight by reading the Medical Sentinel!
I should send you some information about the odious proposals that have surfaced in this formerly conservative state, thanks to Governor Jeanne Shaheen and the liberal Republicans...
Thanks very much for the copy of the November 6, 1998 letter to AMNews...Once again and as always, the AMA is either actively or passively selling physicians out. Their political agenda is so translucent...Thanks also for all your hard work on the behalf of all physicians. Your tireless devotion is a tremendous benefit to us all!
John A. Kasch, MD
Past President, American Society of Dermatology (ASD)
Yes, I know all about your organization. You guys are some of the true heroes of today. You choose to do something rather than sit around on your butts and complain as so many of our colleagues seem to do. I applaud youThanks for your letter. I support your work and would be glad to entertain any way that we can work together...You also can check out my soon to be completely redone website at http://#www.offpedestal.org. It says it all. I think we are in sync.
Michael Greenberg, MD
Grove Village, IL.
Dear AAPS Doctors,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of an action taken by the CMA's House of Delegates. By affirmative vote of the assembled Delegates and Alternates, CMA commends the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons for its successful efforts in making the documents of the secret Clinton Administration Health Care Task Force available to the public so that medical policy makers, historians and others may benefit.
John C. Lewin, MD
California Medical Association
San Francisco, CA
Many thanks for your message. I am delighted with Dr. Borelli's thoughtful gift and look forward to receiving your publications. I am well aware of and greatly value, your activities.
With Best Wishes,
Thomas Szasz, MD
Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1999;4(4);117-118. Copyright©1999 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
Your recent editorial (May/June 1999 Medical Sentinel) is an aggregate of facts and truths that sets the record straight as to how American medicine is becoming socialized.
Tragically, since the late 1930s, too often the AMA leadership has not only yielded to liberal political leaders, ploys, and socialistic programs --- but the AMA leadership itself has acted and proposed plans not in harmony with the highest standards of Hippocratic ethics. Indeed, many times they have acted even contrary to same.
I read with great interest your article in the May/June 1999 issue of the Medical Sentinel. I cannot applaud you enough for exposing the Journal of the American Medical Association and the AMA for the socialistic biases they have obviously supported.
With very few exceptions, doctors in general, had been my impression, are a self-absorbed and intellectually weak group. After all, they have caved in to the pressure of malpractice litigation onslaught and the takeover of the practice of medicine by government kleptocrats and an assorted variety of leeches masquerading as reformers and do-gooders. I know now this is not true as I have just read your magazine which a physician friend handed me a few hours ago.
How many times have you heard --- "Where have you guys been all my life? I thought I was the only one out here fighting against socialized medicine. I wish I had known about the AAPS a long time ago." That was the response most of us had when we first learned about and joined the AAPS. And, there are many more physicians out there who would be eager to join our ranks if only someone would tell them about AAPS. Dear friends, that "someone" is YOU.
I am happy to be back as a member of AAPS. I appreciate very much the concerns for physician autonomy and quality care for patients expressed in the writings I see in AAPS News and in the Medical Sentinel. I am pleased with the solid ethical base which AAPS demonstrates, as well as concern for innovative plans for providing care to patients.
AAPS mission statement emphasizes free enterprise, the ethics of Hippocrates, a focus on the individual patient (as opposed to group care), and the sanctity of the trust-based patient-doctor relationship.
Dear Dr. Faria,
I did receive the package [of recruitment materials] from AAPS. We'll be at the physician's convention this weekend recruiting. We feel this is an excellent opportunity to let physicians know about the AAPS.
...The steps taken by the AAPS on the Elián González matter are most commendable and we hope that AAPS continues to be one of the loud voices of the medical community to appeal to the conscience of the nation in how this was handled by the Clinton Administration.
My name is Alfredo Manrara and my field of work is real estate. My wife is Dr. Lydia Usategui, psychiatrist, who had met the child Elián González and his Miami family --- although she was not Elián's treating physician.
Thank you very much for the Medical Sentinel e-mail press releases. It is very good to see an honest journal telling the truth about the decline of medicine in our socialist state. I am proud to be a member of AAPS.
R. Thorne, MD
Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2000;5(6);185-187. Copyright©2000 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
To insure the future of our Peoria County Medical Society, we keep our current members and recruit new members. To this end, we can look at what has recently transpired.
We have finally been able to give our membership the choice of national medical society membership. They can now choose to be a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) or the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), as well as their specialty organizations to represent them at the national level.