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The Perversion of Science and Medicine: Gun Control and Public Health

Speech delivered at the 17th Annual Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) Meeting Thank you for your kind introduction. It’s my pleasure to have the opportunity to address this distinguished audience of physician colleagues and fellow scientists in Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP). I want to talk about the issue of scientific integrity in public health …

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England and Gun Control — Moral Decline of an Empire by Miguel A. Faria, MD

Et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium.Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) The Legacy of Revolutions It seems that when it comes to the issue of gun control, England has never gotten over the shock of the American Revolution, when a band of patriots, ordinary armed citizens, citizens who were very protective of their rights and liberties, …

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Boundary Violations — Gun Politics in the Doctor’s Office by Timothy Wheeler, MD

Imagine this scenario: you visit your doctor for back pain. Your doctor asks if you have firearms in your home. Then he announces that your family would be better off (especially your children) if you had no guns at all in your house. You leave the doctor’s office feeling uneasy, wondering what guns have to …

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“Assault Weapons” Revisited — An Analysis of the AMA Report by Edgar A. Suter, MD

Abstract — The AMA Council on Scientific Affairs did not conduct a rigorous scientific evaluation before supporting a ban on assault weapons.  The Council appears to have unquestioningly accepted common misperceptions and even partisan misrepresentations regarding the nature and uses of assault weapons.  This article examines the pivotal issues and proposes a rational approach to …

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Guns in the Medical Literature — A Failure of Peer Review by Edgar A. Suter, MD

Abstract — Errors of fact, design, and interpretation abound in the medical literature on guns and violence. The peer review process has failed to prevent publication of the errors of politicized, results-oriented research. Most of the data on guns and violence are available in the criminological, legal, and social sciences literature, yet escapes acknowledgment or …

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