Medical Sentinel

John R. Hilsabeck, MD, FACS
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue Number: 2
Volume Number: 1
Summer 1996

It has been said that families go “from overalls to overalls in three generations.” It has taken doctors a little longer than that. During the time of the Romans, doctors were of the slave class. At the time of the Industrial Revolution, as portrayed in George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch, doctors took their orders from the bankers and town councils. How far are we from that today? We are being referred to now, not as doctors, but as “health care providers,” a classification which also includes bedpan salesmen. Are we going to allow the present slide to continue until we finally reach the point where we are back to being slaves? We are in a conflict with forces which are making a concerted effort to eliminate the practice of medicine as we have known it. A Chinese general said that to win a...

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John Patrick, MB, BS, MRCP, MD (Lond, UK)
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue Number: 2
Volume Number: 1
Summer 1996

Introduction You must not impose your values on anyone else, particularly a patient. This principle is so ingrained in medical school that virtually no one questions it, yet it is more of a piece with the bizarre world that Alice entered through the looking glass than with ours. It is a world where “words mean what I choose them to mean neither more nor less.” Only a very brief consideration is necessary to uncover the fatal logical faults contained in this modern dogma. If everyone is as entitled to his values as everyone else, only when consensus is reached can anything be done. Sadists and masochists can go ahead with their pleasures, abusive relationships must be as honoured as loving ones, attempting to prevent suicide is intrusive, only individual choice matters. Nothing can be...


Russell L. Blaylock, MD
Article Type: Feature Article
Issue Number: 2
Volume Number: 1
Summer 1996

If you asked most physicians in the past what one thing characterized their profession, the most likely answer would have been fierce independence. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. We have been and continue to be battered from an all-out assault of collectivist forces that infest our society and the legal profession that drains our substance. As a result of this assault, we have become daunted — lot, leaderless, frightened, and overwhelmed with a sense of helplessness and doom in the face of sundry forces working tirelessly to affect our demise. It pains me to see men and women who are brilliant physicians, dedicated to the art of healing, humanitarians who work tirelessly for their patients, shaking their heads in despair, wondering how much longer they can last in the private...



It is now legend the AAPS legally lanced the secret task force and pulled its secrets...into the sunshine. It destoyed the Health Security Act.


The Oath of Hippocrates
and the Transformation of Medical Ethics Through Time


Patients within a managed care system have the illusion there exists a doctor-patient relationship...But in reality, it is the managers who decide how medical care will be given.


Judicial activism...the capricious rule of man rather than the just rule of law.


The largest single problem facing American medicine today is the actions of government...


The lessons of history sagaciously reveal wherever governments have sought to control medical care and medical practice...the results have been as perverse as they have been disastrous.


Children are the centerpiece of the family, the treasure (and renewal) of countless civilizations, but they should not be used flagrantly to advance political agendas...


Prejudice against gun ownership by ordinary citizens is pervasive in the public health community, even when they profess objectivity and integrity in their scientific research.


The infusion of tax free money into the MSA of the working poor give this population tax equity with wealthier persons...


It was when Congress started dabbling in constitutionally forbidden activities that deficit spending produced a national debt!


Does the AMA have a secret pact with HCFA?


The lure of socialism is that it tells the people there is nothing they cannot have and that all social evils will be redressed by the state.


Canada's fatal error — Health Care as a Right!


The Cancer Risk from Low Level Radiation: A Review of Recent Evidence...


...Moreover, the gun control researchers failed to consider and underestimated the protective benefits of firearms.


Vandals at the Gates of Medicine — Have They Been Repulsed or Are They Over the Top?