Op-eds
The Dry Tortugas and Being a Deplorably Good Physician
The Dry Tortugas and Being a Deplorably Good Physician
By Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Hillary Clinton recently said that half of Donald Trump supporters belonged in the “basket of deplorables” and were irredeemable. Many believe that Dr. Samuel Mudd, the physician who treated John Wilkes Booth, was deplorable. While some say he was merely being a good doctor, setting a broken leg for a man in pain, others argued that he knew of the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. After a speedy trial, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortuga Island off the Florida coast. An 1867 outbreak of yellow fever took... read more
Is Clinton’s Health Less Important than Trump’s?
Is Clinton’s Health Less Important than Trump’s?
by Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D. - http://EarAndBalance.net Imagine, if you would, that tomorrow Donald Trump suffers a concussion. Suppose he trips on a flight of stairs, falling down and hitting his head. The head injury is so severe that he is unconscious for a time and has to be hospitalized for a week. After getting out of the hospital, the Trump campaign tells us that he has fully recovered and that there are no lingering effects of the head trauma. During the following weeks, he is seen in public to wear glasses with a Fresnel lens on one side. He... read more
Is Hillary Clinton Medically Unfit to Serve?
Is Hillary Clinton Medically Unfit to Serve?
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. Some Republicans as well as Democrats have used the term “unfit to serve” about Donald Trump, based on things he said, and what they assume he might have meant. Surely his style can be abrasive and blunt. But a huge number of ordinary Americans cheer him, probably because he said what they were thinking. They don’t have an evil, ungenerous, uncompassionate, racist, bigoted heart, and they assume he is like them. They are sick of being pushed around and disrespected by the politically correct crowd who are hypersensitive about almost everything--but constantly spew profane, obscene,... read more
A Tale of Two Conventions—Controversy and Deceit
A Tale of Two Conventions—Controversy and Deceit
By Gerard J. Gianoli, M.D. - http://EarAndBalance.net “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” It was a time of controversy and a time of deceit. The Republican and Democratic National Conventions, now just over, showed some stark contrasts. The Republican National Committee along with many in the GOP were less than pleased with the eventual nominee—Donald Trump. However, the controversy surrounding Mr. Trump’s nomination, for all its warts, was open for everyone to see. There was never any secret that the “GOP establishment” didn’t want a Trump nomination. Some of the prominent GOP stalwarts refused... read more
“Welcoming” Zika to the United States
“Welcoming” Zika to the United States
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Zika virus has arrived in a trendy area in North Miami, Florida. The numbers are so far few, but unlike the more than 1,600 other Zika-infected patients in the U.S., these patients had no history of travel to outbreak areas or known contact with people who had such a history. So, how did it get here, and how do we stop it? It did not get here because of “global warming” or “climate change.” That dreaded apocalypse has been taking a break for at least 18 years. In any event, Zika (or climate change)... read more
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