Doctors and Guns (Part II) — A Failure of the Public Health Model (Spring 2001)



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


Gun Violence and Street Crime Another favorite view of the gun control, public health establishment is the myth propounded by Dr. Mark Rosenberg, former head of the NCIPC of the CDC, who has written: "Most of the perpetrators of violence are not criminals by trade or profession. Indeed, in the area of domestic violence, most of the perpetrators are never accused of any crime. The victims and perpetrators are ourselves --- ordinary citizens, students, professionals, and even public health workers."(6) That statement is contradicted by available data, government data. The fact is that the typical murderer has had a prior criminal history of at least six years with four felony arrests in his record before he finally commits murder.(17) The FBI statistics reveal that 75 percent of all...




Author: David C. Stolinsky, MD
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


The thought of violent death both fascinates and terrifies us, so it is understandable that homicide and suicide are the subjects of voluminous commentary. Regrettably, much of this commentary is based on emotion rather than reason, and it is propped up by incorrect "facts" that have been repeated so often that they have become widely accepted. Examples of these "facts" include the following: Violence has reached "epidemic proportions." America is in the grip of an unprecedented wave of violence, with the highest homicide rate in our history, or in the industrialized world. Homicide and suicide rose in the 1980s in response to callous social policies of the Reagan administration. Homicide and suicide rise when leaders are "macho" but fall when the government is "caring." Homicide and...




Author: Michael E. Aubrey, MD
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


There is something wrong with medicine in Canada today. This conclusion can and probably has been reached by any member of the profession who has paused from his or her daily endeavors to consider the current state of medicine in this country. Despite rather remarkable advances in the art and science of medicine patient care is deteriorating. The availability of medical services is diminishing and waiting lists are growing longer. Patients are often obliged to seek medical care in facilities far from home. The cost of health care in Canada has been spiralling upwards out of control, and predictions for the future portend the collapse of what was once an excellent health care system. Caught in the middle of the unfolding disaster is the Canadian physician. On one side the profession finds...




Author: Doug Fiedor
Article Type: Editorial
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


We've all heard of it. But few Americans use the term "Rule of Law" anymore for a very good reason. Except for lawyers, not many of us have any idea what that term really means. Worse yet, most of us don't really care what it means, either. The term is just not very useful in everyday conversation. But we should care. There was a time, before about 1940, when nearly every American citizen knew exactly what the term Rule of Law indicated. And, they often demanded strict enforcement. You should be very familiar with the term, too. It pertains to something very precious to you: Your freedom. And today, we're desperately in need of a resurgence in good, old-fashioned freedom from government restraints. One old political dictionary defines Rule of Law as "an Anglo-American concept that...




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? These are questions your doctor may ask you or your children as part of routine physical examinations or questionnaires. All the gun-related questions you are likely to encounter in doctors' offices, especially pediatricians, are based on doctor groups' political movement against gun owners. That movement is spearheaded by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), although the American Medical Association (AMA) and other physician groups have launched similar efforts against gun owners. With a few very rare exceptions, such questions about guns do not reflect a physician's concern about gun safety....




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? Do our public schools today constitute a kind of official, tax-supported dope monopoly which will even threaten to take children away from parents should they refuse to go along with the mind-numbing nostrums which our schoolmasters themselves now press on nearly a quarter of our young boys, the better to keep those valuable butts planted in their seats? The Albany Times Union, in a May 7, 2000 copyrighted story, tells what happened to parents Michael and Jill Carroll of Albany, New York, when they tried to take their son, 7-year-old Kyle,...




Author: Joseph M. Mercola, MD
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


Dear Editor, I have been a member of AAPS for a number of years now, but have never attended a meeting. I, like many others I am sure, support your efforts from the sidelines. I just wanted you to know I especially appreciate your strong position on the immunization issue and the resolution which was passed at the October 2000 meeting. Immunizations contribute to the enormous and tragic increase in autism in this country and it is about time that physicians take a stand on this issue and defend the patient's right to choose. Currently there are only 19 states in this country that allow a philosophical exemption to immunizations. All but two, West Virginia and Mississippi, allow a religious exemption. It seems imperative that the first step for physicians who have not carefully studied...




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


Dear Dr. Faria, Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your courageous efforts to present "the other side" of the rather strained assertion which I will summarize as, "Bullets are a pathogen, and guns are thus a medical epidemic, which we are justified in treating with the same kind of public health measures we would direct toward the elimination of, say, an outbreak of Salmonella typhi." If I recall correctly, you were among the first to allow rebuttal arguments in print in the medical literature, offering both sides of this debate...and thereafter paid an all-too-predictable professional price for challenging this somewhat bizarre orthodoxy. When time allows, maybe you would even consent to a phone interview on that topic, as well as on some of the newer developments in the field...




Author: David N. Reifsnyder, MD
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


Dear AAPS, I have been a member of AAPS for several years now. I do appreciate what AAPS has done through the court system to help physicians. I believe it is mainly through the courts in a manner similar to the civil rights movement, American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Law Poverty Center, and others that physicians' rights can be protected and consequently patients' rights and health. Therefore, I encourage AAPS to pursue legally those paths in the courts that will achieve the goals that AAPS stands for --- namely, physicians' and patients' inviolate relationship to maintain good health and treat illness in patients as the physician sees best. Obviously, we cannot all go the the courts. But there are many things that we can do individually to achieve these goals. I find that...




Author: Jane M. Orient, MD
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


Dear Dr. Reifsnyder, ...For many years, we've shared your beliefs that the best way for us to make progress was in the courts. That was before we had so much dismal experience with the extreme high cost, the inevitable long delays, and the corruption in the judicial system. Most judges are not interested in reversing precedent or establishing a new precedent. They will rule as narrowly as they can. We do nevertheless plan a more aggressive program in this department and have expanded our limited legal consultation service to make more expert assistance available to physicians early in the stages of Medicare or insurance audit. As far as I know, we are the only medical organization that has offered any constructive assistance whatsoever to individual physicians. We have filed a number of...




Author: Jack Tidwell, MD
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


Dear Editor, The expressed sentiments are so irresistibly logical and articulate, unemotional (which is good, because we put up resistance to emotion most of the time fearing that we will look like kooks if we get caught up in it). I truly like what you all are doing. More than that I love the truth. The truth should sell itself and I think it will if we use the power of repetition more than we use emotion. As to the government's primary educational obligations to me as a citizen, they are as follows: For my personal security, it is to teach me and each succeeding generation: 1. how to vote, and 2. how to shoot. As to what the government is not to do to me: For my personal security: 1. It is not to interfere with my hearing or acting upon my philosophical opposition to it, and 2. It is...




Author: Thomas Mueller, MD
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


Dear Editor, Brilliant and filled with common sense. Where do I go to off-load liberal philosophy in this society? Thomas Mueller, MD Everett, WA Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2001;6(1);1-4. Copyright©2001 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).




Author: Ileana Fuentes
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


Dear Editor, I just read the article, "Castro's 'Doctor Diplomacy,' " published in the November/December 2000 issue of the Medical Sentinel. Congratulations and thank you for prioritizing the subject of Cuba's health care in your publication, and for exposing, through this article, the fraudulent claims Cuba makes about its system and its alleged "medical achievements." Toward the end of the article, the authors mention the cases of three other Cuban physicians brutally treated by Castro's government: Drs. Oswaldo de Cespedes, Oscar Elias Biscet, and Dessy Mendoza Rivero (the last two are of Afro-Cuban descent, by the way, a detail that, conveniently, no one mentioned to the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus representatives). It is about Dr. Mendoza that I wish to speak to you at this time...




Author: Alan Berger, MD
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


Dear Editor, I just finished reading Dr. David Stolinsky's article, "America: The Most Violent Nation?" in the November/December 2000 issue of the Medical Sentinel. It was breath-taking. I believe it to be the most concise, even-handed, erudite article I have ever read on the subject, and it should be reprinted in every newspaper in the country for the masses to assimilate and enjoy. It's "a keeper" for all time, as so many articles in the Medical Sentinel are. Thank you. Alan Berger, MD Allentown, PA Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2001;6(1);1-4. Copyright©2001 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).




Author: W. Patrick Flanagan, Jr., MD, FACS
Article Type: Correspondence
Issue: Spring 2001
Volume Number: 6
Issue Number: 1


Dear Editor, In your excellent review of Robert N. Proctor's book, The Nazi War on Cancer (Medical Sentinel, November/December 2000), you postulate that the drop-off in stomach cancer in the earlier 20th Century was possibly related to better methods of meat curing and preservation. As an amateur student of history, I have always found the reverse parallel between stomach, oropharyngeal and lung cancers to be most interesting. Having trained at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana, I came into contact with the writings of Dr. Alton Ochsner, Sr. As a professor of surgery at Tulane University Medical School earlier in the 20th Century, Dr. Ochsner did some of the finest pioneering epidemiological research on the origins of lung cancer ever seen in the medical...



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