medical politics

Pragmatism, expediency, and medical politics — A conversation with Dr. James I. Ausman, SNI Founder

Introduction In July 2018, Dr. Jim Ausman, Founder and Editor Emeritus of Surgical Neurology International (SNI) had an interesting conversation with a world renown medical politician, who we will call Dr. Propriety to protect his identity. The doctor had submitted a medical article for publication in SNI, which had been accepted for publication but required …

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U.S. health care debate — Part 2: Debunking propaganda and phony claims by Miguel A. Faria, MD

In Part 1 of this article we discussed the content and tone of the political rhetoric used by leftist propagandists in criticizing the proposed GOP health care plans vis-à-vis ObamaCare. We will now describe the propaganda efforts used by progressives to cite dubious statistics, tar, and misrepresent the U.S. health care system. A recent commentary …

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Medical Politics During the Civil War

The Civil War’s immediate impact was felt mostly in America. It ended slavery, preserved the union, and in time reaffirmed the natural rights of man first proclaimed distinctly by the English physician-philosopher, John Locke (1632-1704). Locke is perhaps the foremost proponent of individual rights in the history of Anglo-American jurisprudence. He wrote that all human …

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Regimentation in medicine and its human price (Part 2) by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

When I was in training, we used to hear horror stories about the coming “cook-book” medicine in which doctors would be given a list of preordained methods for diagnosing and treating various diseases handed down by medical elites. This relegates the physician to little more than a cog in the wheel of the State, obediently …

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Regimentation in medicine and the death of creativity (Part 1) by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

Until quite recently, the practice of medicine was considered an art, which incorporated a significant modicum of science, yet was itself not a pure and applied science, such as physics, astronomy, biology, and chemistry. Sir William Osler (1849-1919), one of the greatest medical minds, not only in the science of medicine, but more so the …

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Chronic Illness

Physicians classify diseases in a variety of ways. Clinical classifications are often made according to either the suddenness of onset or the expected prognosis. Diseases are considered acute if they develop suddenly and have a short clinical course. Chronic diseases, on the other hand, have a slow onset, indolent course, and long duration. They heal …

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