politics

Transformation of Medical Ethics Through Time (Part I): Medical Ethics and Statist Controls

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
January/February 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
1

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand firm like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

The Corporate Practice of Medicine

Transformation of Medical Ethics Through Time (Part II): Medical Ethics and Organized Medicine

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
March/April 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
2

The physician should be contemptuous of money, interested in his work,
self-controlled, and just. Once he is possessed of these basic virtues,
he will have all others at his command as well.

Galen

 

Can the Medical Profession Survive Flexible Ethics?*

The Oath of Hippocrates --- Is It Relevant?

Author: 
Franklin E. Payne, MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
March/April 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
2

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.

Are We the Enemy?

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
September/October 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
5

...Its leaders were supposed to save the country
but now they won't pay her no mind.
...Because the people got fat and grew lazy,
now their vote is like a meaningless joke.
You know they talk about law, about order, but it's all just an echo of what they've been told. 'Cause there is a monster on the loose. It's got our heads into the noose,
and it just sits there watching...

Onward To Obscurantism!

Author: 
Plinio Prioreschi, MD, PhD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
September/October 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
5

*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)

King George III Lectures Americans

Author: 
Thayer Smith, MD
Article Type: 
Poetry
Issue: 
March/April 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
2

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.

 

Open Letter to Congress

Author: 
David A. Westbrock, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
March/April 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
2

Dear Congressman,

Census

Author: 
Curtis W. Caine, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
May/June 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
3

Dear Editor,
Reference is made to "Census" in Medical Sentinel, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 36-37 that debunks the current politically correct population explosion myth and mania used to promote Hillary Clinton's proposal to estimate the 2000 census.

Arthur B. Robinson, PhD in his Access to Energy for December 1998 (Volume 26, Number 4) supports with concrete data my contention.

Cloning of the American Mind --- Eradicating Morality Through Education by B.K. Eakman

Author: 
Reviewed by Delbert H. Meyer, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
July/August 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
4

Cloning of the American Mind centers on America's "illiteracy cartel," a term B. K. Eakman, educator, writer and researcher, coined to describe an out-of-control psychographic consulting industry. Psychographics, "the study of social class based upon the demographics...income, race, color, religion, and personality traits...which can be measured to predict behavior," becomes a commodity that through computers can be acquired by almost anyone.

You Copy That?

Author: 
P. Gardner Goldsmith
Article Type: 
Editorial
Issue: 
July/August 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
4

I've seen attack ships on fire off the shores of Orion...
I've seen sea beams glitter at the Tennhieser Gate...
All those... Moments... Will be lost now,
Like tears... In rain.

Year of the Rat --- How Bill Clinton Compromised U.S. Security for Chinese Cash by Edward Timperlake and William C. Triplett, II

Author: 
Reviewed by Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
September/October 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
5

Something is rotten in Washington's corridors of power. And we aren't talking about lying about sultry sex (and alleged private matters that may or may not be high crimes and misdemeanors), but corruption in the highest circles of our government --- the Departments of Navy, Justice, Defense, Commerce, culminating with bribery and potential treason involving the President and Vice President of the United States.

Expostulating Human Cloning

Author: 
Pat Flanagan, MD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
November/December 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
6

In his article, "You Copy That?" (Medical Sentinel, July/August 1999), P. Gardner Goldsmith discusses some serious concerns about human cloning (HC) and the intrinsic legal aspects that may be relative under constitutional law. In regards to the latter issue discussion is pointed to DNA donation as being pertinent to inalienable rights of property. This is the first issue I will dispense with.

'Death and Taxes' at the Turn of the Millennium

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
January/February 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
1

[What are taxes?] The greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner
and crevice of industry[which] watches prosperity as its prey and permits
none to escape without tribute.
Thomas Paine
The Rights of Man (1791)

Let us flee to the land of the barbarian
where we may live as free men.
Roman citizen, A.D. 4th cent.

Do not dig a hole for somebody else,
lest you fall in it yourself.
Russian proverb

Camouflaged Force

Author: 
Kyle R. Ver Steeg, MD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
January/February 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
1

If private practice loses out to megacorporate medicine in the U.S. (i.e., "Clinton-lite" style), don't make the sloppy error of equating it to the corner grocer or hardware store losing out to Hy Vee or Wal-Mart. The small grocer lost out to the large corporation because he was unable to offer the same goods at as low a price as the large corporate entity.

Medical care is different. By its very nature it offers custom services, not goods. A large corporate entity can't operate any more efficiently than I can, for instance. In fact, not as efficiently.

Presidential Election 2000

Author: 
R.E. Dwight, DO
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
May/June 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
3

In the midst of reading the Medical Sentinel, though I admit I haven't read every issue, I've not found support of any particular candidate for president. Is this a rule set by the editorial committee? If that is the rule, I believe it is important to set it aside in this particular instance.

The War on Drugs --- A Different Approach

Author: 
Debra Monde, MD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
September/October 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
5

When a public policy isn't working, we should try something different. Despite thousands of arrests and seizures, America is still not drug free. Despite billions of dollars expended annually, no progress has been made to curb the war on drugs. Despite increasing numbers of prisons, there is still not enough room for all the criminals.

News Capsules (November/December 2000)

Author: 
Compiled by Medical Sentinel Editors
Article Type: 
News Capsules
Issue: 
November/December 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
6

On the Frontiers of Science

"A few weeks ago, Governor George Bush delayed the execution of a Texas inmate so that DNA evidence could be reviewed. That review backfired, providing additional evidence that the inmate was, indeed, guilty. University of Utah Professor Paul G. Cassell had this observation about all the death-penalty yada-yada:

Elections 2000 --- The Leave Us Alone vs. the Takings Coalition

Author: 
Grover G. Norquist
Article Type: 
Editorial
Issue: 
November/December 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
6

There are two competing coalitions in American politics today that are organized around how one views the relationship between the individual and the state.

In the past, the Republican and Democrat parties had within them a broad ideological range. Regional differences --- North vs. South --- and religious and immigrant status had a great deal to say about whether one viewed himself as a Republican or Democrat. The Roosevelt coalition held together in the Democrat party a solid South with ethnic immigrants and Catholics in northern cities.

The Politics of Bad Faith --- The Radical Assault on America's Future by David Horowitz

Author: 
Reviewed by Delbert H. Meyer, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

David Horowitz, one of the radical leftists of the Sixties, spoke at the 56th annual meeting of the AAPS in October 1999. His message had many medical references. His book, The Politics of Bad Faith, traces society's political conflict from the French Revolution, when radicals sat to the left in the National Assembly and their opponents sat to the right. Today, he feels, the Left has become all but invisible, and this has made them dangerous. The Right does not fully comprehend that we are at war with the Left.

Public Health and Gun Control --- A Review (Part I: The Benefits of Firearms)

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

Introduction --- "A Gun in the Home" 

News Capsules (Spring 2001)

Author: 
Compiled by Medical Sentinel Editors
Article Type: 
News Capsules
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

Big Brother is Watching You


"Render the following in B-movie, staccato-style German and see if it reminds you of anything:

'Your vehicle was seen traveling on southbound I-95 near I-195 on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Please provide the following information:

'Where were you going? Who was with you? What was the purpose of your trip?'

Ritalin --- Pharmaceutical Blackmail

Author: 
Vin Suprynowicz
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

About that "zero drug tolerance" policy in our schools: Does it really mean what it says? Or would it come closer to the truth for school administrators to admit what they really oppose are pushers offering competing consciousness-altering substances?

When Pediatricians Become Politicians

Author: 
Timothy Wheeler, MD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

Do you own a gun? How many guns do you have? Do your children have access to guns in your home? Did you know that having a gun in your home triples your risk of becoming a homicide victim?

Public Health and Gun Control --- A Review (Part II: Gun Violence and Constitutional Issues)

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

Gun Violence and Street Crime

P.C., M.D. --- How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine by Sally Satel, MD

Author: 
Reviewed by Mark Schiller, MD, MS
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

Sally Zierler, a professor from Brown University calls AIDS, "a biological expression of social inequality," and her plan for combating the AIDS epidemic includes limiting the power of corporations, capping CEO salaries, eliminating corporate subsidies, prohibiting corporate contributions to politicians, and strengthening labor unions.

Public Health --- From Science to Politics

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

Public health has had a magnificent and resplendent history. Sadly, the public health establishment has strayed far from its glorious origins and has gone from a lean, effective medical discipline composed of dedicated, independent physicians and health care workers to a bloated, politicized, entrenched, bureaucracy more concerned with political agendas --- and its own existence and budgets --- than the public health it had been charged to protect.

The Strange Death of Vincent Foster by Christopher Ruddy

Author: 
Reviewed by Jane M. Orient, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

"There is no hard evidence for homicide," said Cyril Wecht, M.D. --- at least twice --- "despite egregious conduct at the scene and unanswered questions such as failure to find the slug."

Dr. Wecht, nationally known forensic pathologist and author of Grave Secrets: A Leading Forensic Expert Reveals the Startling Truth About O.J. Simpson, David Koresh, Vincent Foster and Other Sensational Cases, spoke in Atlanta at a meeting of the American College of Legal Medicine on March 10, 2001, on ethics in managed care ("an oxymoron").

The AMA, Boy Scouts and Homosexuality

Author: 
Kenneth D. Christman, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Winter 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
4

Dear Editor,

Neuropharmacology as a Long-Range Strategic War Policy

Author: 
Russell L. Blaylock, MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Spring 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
1

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.

Jared Taylor
Paved With Good Intentions

The Sharp Edge of the Soul by George Chovanes, MD

Author: 
Reviewed by Del Meyer, MD
Article Type: 
Book Review
Issue: 
Fall 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
3

Neurosurgeon George Chovanes, M.D., begins his writing career with an ambitious project involving science, neurosurgery, politics and mystery. The protagonist in The Sharp Edge of the Soul is chief neurosurgical resident, Dr. Alex Adams, who is suspect of the chief of neurosurgery, Dr. Victor Todd. Todd makes philosophical comments about the perennial neurosurgeon's preoccupation with the mind-brain dilemma --- he wishes to program the mind by altering the brain. Dr. Todd is researching this with monkeys. But is he also using humans?



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