In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand firm like a rock.
The Corporate Practice of Medicine
The crisis of American medicine is not tobacco, AIDS, silicone implants, the Gulf War Syndrome, breast or other forms of cancer, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, licensure, medical care for the poor, or any other specific medical or ethical issue. The crisis of American medicine is far greater than any one of these problems, indeed it is far greater than all of them combined, because the answers to these problems do not come from within them but from medical ethics.
*This article is excerpted from the Foreword of Dr. Prioreschi's latest volume (Vol. III --- Roman Medicine) of his A History of Medicine, released this year.(1)
Organized medicine has increasingly become legislatively proactive; however, it does not fully understand the unintended consequences of law. Thinking that the government is the answer to medicine's problem rather than the cause, a historical view of government interference is appropriate. And it comes from an unlikely source --- President Calvin Coolidge.
By cleverly using an historical microscope to focus on one area of German medicine --- the circumscribed fields of dermatology and dermatopathology --- Dr. Wolfgang Weyers helps us see how Nazi rule affected the medical profession as a whole as well as greater German Society. His intriguingly close inspection quite effectively brings this singular moment in time and history to life without the usual discussions of the most morbid aspects of that terrible era. We are enabled to "see the world in a grain of sand."(1)
As every schoolboy or girl once knew (and now few learn it ever)
In fourteen hundred ninety two
the world was changed forever.
Within few scores of years since truth of the New World was granted
Migration westward hopeful came from Europe's disenchanted.
While shredding papers one evening, an old yellowed paper caught my eye before meeting its grisly fate. It was a thirty-some year old United States history test, which I had given to my students. Question 4 was: "In a constitutional republic, what is the highest office?" I wondered if my students, thirty years later, remembered that they lived in a constitutional republic and that the highest office is that of the private "citizen?"
I would like to share with you my thoughts about an issue which you may well be tired of hearing, seeing, and thinking about, but I would ask you to view it with me from a different perspective; which might provide us with a broader and more rewarding portrayal of a very unfortunate happening.
I was recently asked to review The Nazi War on Cancer by Robert N. Proctor for Ideas on Liberty. What follows here is a more extended critique of this scholarly but deeply disturbing book.
Dear Dr. Flanagan,
Interesting observation. Although both smoked and chewed tobacco increases the risk of oropharyngeal cancer, smokeless tobacco ("snuff") increases cancers of the cheek, gingiva, and inner surface of the lip by a much higher degree, by about 50 times. It would be interesting to learn if these cancers have declined as precipitously as stomach cancer. I would concur with Robert Proctor that the reduction in stomach cancer is more likely related to better methods of meat curing, refrigeration, and preservation. --- Editor.
In the hands of the discoverer, medicine becomes a heroic art...
Wherever life is dear he is a demigod.
Physicians, of all men, are most happy; whatever good success soever they have the world proclaimeth, and what faults they commit the earth covereth.
Our country is rotting. It is sick with a disease so shocking
that we turn our faces from it in dread.
Increasingly, it is home to a class of citizens for whom
the most basic rules of social
organization have come unraveled.
Paved With Good Intentions
It is a forgotten fact that the first four out of five presidents of these United States were Virginians --- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Today they are glossed over in history classes; their great deeds ignored; their courage diminished; their honor trampled; their names defamed by the ignorant. They were, however, the giants who walked this land and taught a young country what duty, honor, country, and self-government meant. They taught many people of different nationalities, backgrounds, religions, sectional prejudices, how to become one people.
The word hygiene comes from Hygeia, the Greek goddess of health (photo, below), who was the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine. Since the advent of the Industrial Revolution (c.1750-1850) and the discovery of the germ theory of disease in the second half of the nineteenth century, hygiene and sanitation have been at the forefront of the struggle against illness and disease.(1)
Since the fall of the Western Roman Empire, there have been three major bubonic plague epidemics, which afflicted large segments of the population in the continuous Eurasian landmass and North Africa. Death quickly followed the trade routes of the times. The death toll is almost incomprehensible. The Plague of Justinian (6th Century A.D.), the Black Death (14th Century A.D.), and the Bubonic Plague (1665-1666, which coincided with the Great Fire of London) caused an estimated 137 million dead in a world much more sparsely populated than it is today.
Macon Telegraph journalist Charles Richardson, former Mercer University President, Dr. Kirby Godsey, and Mercer Law Professor David Oedel have all brought interesting points to the discussion of the problem of education and ethics. I believe this is a problem -- not just affecting Georgia and Bibb County -- but also the nation. And, in contemporary society, it goes deeper than educational methodology and throwing money at the problem.
Maximilien Robespierre and his fellow Jacobins never came close to attaining the utopian goal of establishing a "Republic of Virtue." In fact, they did not even come close to establishing the rule of law essential to a constitutional republic. Natural rights to life, liberty and property, which are protected in our American republic, were not respected by the French revolutionists.
Dr. Miguel Faria is very proud of his adopted the United States of America. He's equally as proud to have received the Americanism medal and certificate from the Daughters of the American Revolution last month.
Like the months of the year and the days of the week, whose names come down to us from ancient and antediluvian times, many of the symbols of Christmas pre-date Christian times.
This biography of Robespierre, The Incorruptible, reads like a spellbinding novel, only that this book recounts more than the life of Robespierre. It graphically describes the horrors of the French Revolution and gives us vivid descriptions of all of the main participants in that orgy of blood, horror and death.
This would have been one amongst the books Maximilien Robespierre would have chosen as an acceptable biography of himself, according him his rightful place in history. It is disturbing that so many readers of this book expressing their views in Amazon.com praise this idealized biography, once again reinterpreting the career of this authoritarian despot, who systematically guillotined those who did not share his sterile, cold-as-steel view of the world.
The reader could say that this compelling tome about the breathtaking events of the French Revolution during the Reign of Terror really comprises three books in one --- three human conflict stories carefully webbed into the sinister tapestry of the French Revolution, particularly during the Reign of Terror (June 1793 to July 1794).
This book, in compelling narrative, makes is clear that the French Revolution actually began not with the clamor of the common people but with the blue-blooded aristocracy and the high clergy of the ancien régime who had been enamored with the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the views of the enlightenment (i.e., convincingly demonstrated in the Assembly of Notables convened in February 1787).
One has to look at the vicissitudes of life in the great tragic figures of history, Cortes, Columbus, Napoleon, etc., to find precedents in the relatively obscure life of Charles Edward Stuart, "The Great Young Pretender," Bonnie Prince Charlie.
We have seen that the French Revolution did not give the French people a true constitutional republic extending to its citizens the natural rights of man to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The French Revolution wanted to go beyond that and create a utopia of happiness, misunderstanding liberty and adding fraternity and equality to the brew. Forced fraternity and equality were proven to be and remain mutually exclusive from individual liberty.
The Incorruptible, Maximilien Robespierre, the Voice of Reason, did not give the French people a Republic of Virtue but a bloody reign of terror incited by mob rule, and the descent into barbarism with the mass killings of men, women, and children by their own government, not because of their deeds or misdeeds, or any real crimes, but because of their birth, opinions, and associations -- or simply, for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
July 14 is Bastille Day, a national holiday in France that commemorates 215 years from the day a Parisian mob stormed the "infamous" prison and commenced the upheaval of the French Revolution. The collapse of Soviet communism should not deter the invocation of the dreadful legacy of the French Revolution, the same revolution that a century later inspired the even bloodier Russian Revolution and its communist aftermath.
The Brave Girondins