It has been said that families go “from overalls to overalls in three generations.” It has taken doctors a little longer than that. During the time of the Romans, doctors were of the slave class. At the time of the Industrial Revolution, as portrayed in George Eliot’s novel Middlemarch, doctors took their orders from the bankers and town councils. How far are we from that today? We are being referred to now, not as doctors, but as “health care providers,” a classification which also includes bedpan salesmen.
Dr. Michael L. Nahrwold’s “A Lesson from the Raintree” (Medical Sentinel, Summer 1996) is excellent, and particularly relevant to me. Ross Lockridge’s 1947 novel Raintree County is indeed one of America’s greatest novels, ranking, in my view, alongside Huckleberry Finn. Larry Lockridge’s recent examination of his father’s life, and his suicide immediately after the novel’s appearance, when the world seemed within his hand, is also excellent, as Dr. Nahrwold points out.
In Part I of this essay published in the Medical Sentinel, Summer 1996 issue, I discussed three of the seven enemies of the practice of medicine: Non-profit Hospitals/Hospital Administrators, Compulsory National Health Care Consortium, and Government Legislation and Implementation.
In A.D. 1212, a Children's Crusade was formed allegedly
to rescue the Holy Sepulcher. Instead, the children were
lured and sold into slavery by unscrupulous and cruel
traders. Thousands of innocent children died of hunger
and disease and from their brutal ordeal. It is said that
the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who led
the children by the tune of his pipe,
derives from this dreadful affair.
"AIDS: The Untold Story" by Stanley K. Monteith is not exactly what it claims to be. It is hardly an untold story that by the end of 1996 over 500,000 Americans had developed AIDS, and that a million Americans would "progress to terminal-stage illness and death," because they have antibodies against HIV.
Dr. Stanley Monteith has a long and distinguished history of being wrong about AIDS epidemiology, and his latest contribution to the Medical Sentinel continues the tradition.
It has been said that "men become accomplices to those tragedies which they fail to oppose." Nowhere is that truth more clearly demonstrated than in the apocalypse currently unfolding across the world as the HIV epidemic continues its silent spread from land to land.
Advances in the conquest of pain are underway, we are told, in Europe, England and the U.S. Pain clinics and pain specialists are increasing, as are hospices and pain-management courses in medical schools. This sounds wonderful, but the reality does not seem as wonderful as the labels. Our check into these facilities and their methods indicate that they seem dedicated more to teaching people to endure pain than to efforts to alleviate it.
ABSTRACT Invasive bacterial infections are associated with several acute and chronic illnesses, including: aerodigestive diseases such as Asthma, Pneumonia, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases; rheumatoid diseases, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA); immunosuppression diseases such as HIV-AIDS; genitourinary infections and chronic fatigue illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and Gulf War Illnesses (GWI).
Despite all the media hullabaloo about a growing medical marketplace and the supposedly conservative changes being brought about by the November 1994 Republican revolution, corporate socialized medicine is making headway and becoming a reality, step-by-step, under the rubric of managed care and a mislabeled "free market."
The fact is we still face an ominous threat from those who seek to destroy the noble profession of medicine, enslave the healers, and dispose of those whose quality of life they deem not worth living.