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Medical History — Plagues and Epidemics by Miguel A. Faria, MD

Note: In view of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), I find it important for readers to receive background information on public health history, plagues and epidemics, from antiquity to more recent times.The COVID-19 pandemic does not approach the virulence of previous epidemics, and I’ve no doubt that God permitting humanity will conquer with a minimum of …

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The AMA, Ethics and Gun Control — Part III: AMA, Medical Liability and HMO Lawsuits by Miguel A. Faria, MD

[Ed: This is the conclusion of Dr. Faria’s three-part series, originally published at Newsmax.com on May 21, 2001. Links to Parts I and II will follow.] In the early spring of 1995, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan medical liability bill (tort reform) by a significant margin (247 to 171), despite a strong opposition …

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The AMA, Ethics and Gun Control — Part II: Medical Journalism and Physician Unionization by Miguel A. Faria, MD

[Ed: This is the second part of Dr. Faria’s series, originally published at Newsmax.com on May 15, 2001. The double-standard held by the AMA and its organs about using its position “for political purposes” is remarkable. Links to Parts I and III will follow.] I was struck one particular morning when I heard on the …

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The AMA, Ethics and Gun Control — Part I: Full AMA Coffers to Push for Gun Control by Miguel A. Faria, MD

[Ed:  Dr. Faria originally published this three-part article at Newsmax.com on May 3, 2001.  We felt it well worth reprinting. The story is 15 years old, but the plot is the same in 2016, only more so, with the AMA’s recent decision to increase its gun control advocacy. Links to Parts II and III will …

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Religious morality in Western civilization — Part II: Secular man needing no religious guidance?

It has been argued that secular (non-religious) individuals and organizations display highly moral standards without belief in god or religion. Admittedly, this is true as far as organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders, but not necessarily true of the individuals who actually do the work, many of them are quiet or religious people operating with compassion …

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Religious morality in Western civilization — Part I: The twin pillars of the West

In the course and development of Western culture, the Judeo-Christian and the Graeco-Roman heritages became inextricably entwined becoming the twin pillars of Western civilization that have withstood the test of time. With the Hebrew experience, the Ten Commandments, the Old Testament, man was seen as having free will and having the capacity to do good …

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