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The decline and fall of toilet paper or How to assess a civilization by David C. Stolinsky, MD

There are many ways to assess a civilization. It all depends on your point of view. Some people believe we are advancing. These people point to a woman’s “freedom to choose,” more “rights” for those accused of crimes, and greater “tolerance.” Other people believe we are declining. These people point to nearly a million babies killed …

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Medical Liability Tort Reform — A Neurosurgeon’s Perspective

While both the Patients’ Bill of Rights legislation, allowing patients to sue HMOs in state court for unlimited damages, and tort reform, providing physicians judicial relief in medical liability, have stalled in the 107th Congress this year — these intertwined problems of health care litigation will not disappear for long from the political landscape. You …

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Public Policy by Lawsuit — No One Is Safe

In a 1993 two-part article at a height of the liability crisis, particularly with medical “malpractice” lawsuits,(1) I wrote that rampant litigation had become a malevolent trend threatening to unravel the fabric of society and individuals. The trend has recently cranked up to high gear as attorney-litigators have found yet new venues for enacting disruptive …

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