In 1976, when the doctors in Bogota, Colombia, went on strike for
52 days, the national death rate dropped 35 percent. Was this an
anomaly in a third-world country? Possibly, but its still
Fact: When Israeli doctors
struck for a month in 1973, reducing their daily patient contact
from 65,000 to 7,000, the death rate dropped 50 percent. A coincidence?
Fact: The death rate
in Los Angeles County dropped 18 percent in 1976 when doctors there
walked out in protest of skyrocketing malpractice-insurance rates.
Operations performed at 17 area hospitals surveyed dropped by 60
percent. When the strike ended the death rate returned to "normal."
According to Walter
R. Hadwen, the great English doctor who stemmed a smallpox epidemic
in Gloucester during the 19th century by using such "unorthodox"
measures as prohibiting vaccinations and insisting on strict hygiene
No medical man during
his student days is taught to think. He is expected to assimilate
the thoughts of others and to bow to authority. Throughout the whole
of his medical career he must accept the current medical fashions
of the day or suffer the loss of prestige and place. No public appointments,
no coveted preferments are open to the medical man who declines
to parrot the popular shibboleths of his profession.
The inability to think
does not prevent doctors from performing surgery, however, as Robert
S. Mendelsohn, M.D. noted in his Confessions of a Medical Heretic:
as that made by a congressional subcommitteesay that about
2.4 million operations performed every year are unnecessary, and
that these operations cost $4 billion and 12,000 lives, or five
percent of the quarter million deaths following or during surgery
each year. The independent Health Research Group says the number
of unnecessary operations is more than 3 million. . . . My feeling
is that somewhere around 90 percent of surgery is a waste of time,
energy, money, and life.
One study, for example,
closely reviewed people who were recommended for surgery. Not only
did they find that most of them needed no surgery, but fully half
of them needed no medical treatment at all!
Many fields of medicine
are rightly suspect and are coming under public scrutiny. None is
more ripe for review than vivisection, the testing on animals of
a medicine (or "medicament") intended for humans. One
classic case of misplaced confidence in animal testing was the tranquilizer
Thalidomide that produced more than 3,000 still births and 10,000
deformed children during the 1960s. On February 2, 1970, the co-discoverer
of penicillin, Nobel Prize winner Ernst Boris Chain, stated under
oath at the criminal trial of Chemie Grunenthal, the manufacturer
No animal experiment
with a medicament, even if it is carried out on several species,
including primates under all conceivable conditions, can give any
guarantee that the medicament tested in this way will behave the
same in humans, because in many respects the human is not the same
as the animal. What do YOU think?
None of the above
items is new news. All of them are decades old, yet vivisection,
needless operations and other questionable medical practices continue
unabated and with them human misery.
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