RE: The Police State of Medicine

William Keller
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July/August 1999
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Dear Dr. Faria,
While sitting in a doctor's office in Phoenix, Arizona, I began to read a copy of your journal. I couldn't help notice the major theme of this particular issue (July/August 1998) encompassed the outrageous behavior of various government groups, particularly the DEA. An article written by Dr. Tad Lonergan was extremely interesting, especially since I knew Dr. Lonergan personally.

I met Dr. Lonergan approximately 20 years ago in Anaheim, California when I was injured. Dr. Lonergan healed me and became my personal physician while I resided in the area.

Over the course of several years I witnessed the expertise and kindness of Dr. Lonergan. The list of his unselfish deeds could fill several pages, but the bottom line is this physician takes the Hippocratic Oath seriously, and believes in pain management. He is a doctor who dedicates himself to his patients in practice, not in verse or reason of greed.

I contacted Dr. Lonergan to give him my condolences on his unfortunate debacle and ultimate fate at the hands of the DEA. I was even more surprised when he told me the only support he has received so far is from the AAPS! Apparently, there was not one peep, telephone call or letter of support from his colleagues prior to his trial.

This is a significant problem and makes one inquire where the AMA, the vaunted state and county medical societies are during such ambiguous prosecution of their members.

As an outsider (writer and author) who has watched this change in medicine, might I congratulate you on your brave and hard hitting publication. It should be in the hands of every state and federal legislator. The Medical Sentinel is professionally "put together."

William Keller
Chloride, AZ

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1999;4(4);117-118. Copyright©1999 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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