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Statistical Malpractice — ‘Firearm Availability’ and Violence (Part I): Politics or Science?

“There is a worrying trend in academic medicine which equates statistics with science, and sophistication in quantitative procedure with research excellence. The corollary of this trend is a tendency to look for answers to medical problems from people with expertise in mathematical manipulation and information technology, rather than from people with an understanding of disease …

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Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama

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 …

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

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 medical writers of antiquity wrote and discussed ethics merely as individuals trying to find out the best …

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

In matters of style, swim with the current;in matters of principle, stand firm like a rock.Thomas Jefferson The Corporate Practice of Medicine One hears repeatedly that managed care penetration in health care delivery continues unabated; that it continues to interpose itself in the medical decision-making process erstwhile reserved to the patient and his physician; and …

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The Perversion of Science and Medicine (Part II): Soviet Science and Gun Control

The lessons of history clearly demonstrate to those of us who care to look that whenever science and medicine have come to be under the heavy hand of government, political pressures, or subordinated to the state, the results have been as perverse as they have been disastrous. Towards this end, I would like to share …

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