Published Articles

Wednesday, November 2, 1994

But what events have led us to this deplorable state of affairs with American medicine headed inexorably in the wrong direction—down the path of welfarism, collectivism, and corporatism? To answer this loaded and troublesome question, perhaps one should ponder the words of the politician par excellence, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who once admitted, “Nothing just happens in politics. If something happens, you can be sure it was planned that way.”  So, in our search for answers, let us glean and ponder the changes ushered in the 1960s by the Great Society of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

A Modern Trojan Horse

During that time, many people thought government could solve all of society’s problems. Physicians were no exception. So yes, many physicians succumbed to the allurement of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. “After all,” they asked themselves, “why not accept government payment for medical services formerly provided the indigent as charity, pro bono publico?” With the questions finally answered in the affirmative by a pragmatic leadership, physicians listened to the seductive songs of the sirens that weakened their natural defenses to government intrusion. So...



Monday, October 3, 1994

A Physician's Diagnosis

Here is an unusual book; half is a history of Western civilization and half a powerful exhortation against government control of the delivery of health care. Far from being disconnected, these two subjects are thoughtfully woven together by Dr. Miguel Faria, eminent neurosurgeon at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia.

Dr. Faria's thesis is that a knowledge and appreciation of the hard-won lessons of history, especially the development of medical science and medical ethics over the past three millennia, are essential to solving the health care debate in which we are all embroiled today.

The scope of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine is enormous, taking the reader from the earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt through ancient Greece, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire, the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages to the remarkable breakthroughs of the Renaissance that started us on the road to modern medicine.

The reader emerges with a feeling of awe and gratitude for the brilliance and courage of medical pioneers who often risked (and sometimes lost) their very lives by steadfastly pursuing scientific truth...

Keyword(s): health care reform


Saturday, October 1, 1994

It is becoming abundantly clear that the mainstream liberal media and the entrenched political medical establishment support draconian gun control measures that would ultimately lead to the confiscation and banning of firearms. Driven by liberal medical journal editors, vociferous administration officials, and taxpayer subsidized, gun control-oriented research, the political establishment has propounded the Public Health/Epidemiologic model to confront the conveniently media-tagged issue of guns and violence.(1) This view espouses the erroneous concept of guns and bullets as virulent pathogens that need to be stamped out by limiting gun availability and ultimately eradicating guns from the citizenry. The only problem is that guns and bullets are inanimate objects that do not follow Koch's Postulates of pathogenicity. This is, in reality, a campaign orchestrated by gun prohibitionists and proponents of big government who are willing to exploit our understandable concern for street violence and sensationalized crime statistics to advance their agenda for an ever-increasing government, domestic socialism, and the virtual emasculation of constitutional government, that in the final...



Friday, September 2, 1994

Unless the people, through unified action, arise and take charge of their Government, they will find that their Government has taken charge of them. Independence and liberty will be gone and the general public will find itself in a condition of servitude to an aggregation of organized and selfish ambitions.

Calvin Coolidge (30th President of the U.S. [1923-1929]) and
Alfred E. Smith (Joint Statement issued October 12, 1932)

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence—it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never, for a moment, should it be left to irresponsible action.

George Washington (1732-1799)

A Medical Aberration

I began to wage war against the National Practitioners Data Bank (the “Data Bank” or NPDB) as soon as the mechanics, meaning, and implications of its existence became clear. I wrote a scathing editorial* outlining my objections, predictions, and suggestions.(1) Now, as events have unfolded, I am sorry to note the predictions have proven to be inauspiciously correct and many of the...



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)...