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To: Bushforlife
As a practicing physician for 25 years, I truly look forward to retirement. Our society's prevailing victim mentality that physicians are responsible for any bad medical outcome has led me to the point where I actually actively discourage any young person who wishes to practice medicine, including my own children. For those of you who subscribe to the "hate the privileged doctor class warfare mentality", I have this advice: Go Treat Yourselves.

I really think that you have missed the point here.

The poster was mearly trying to point out that sometime we direct our concerns about emotional issues to the wrong places.

Why focus our energy on guns, as opposed to many other far more prevalent causes of death... unless of course there's a political motivation behind it...

which, of course, there is.

No need to go defensive. No one's after you.

44 posted on 12/29/2004 5:17:11 PM PST by Beenliedto (A Free Stater getting ready to pack my bags!)
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To: Beenliedto
No need to go defensive. No one's after you.

By repeating the oft-debunked numbers the author uses for physicians, he is doing a great disservice to the profession, despite his higher intentions.

If you look around the internet, those numbers have taken on a life of their own amongst lawyers, alternative medicine websites, chiropractors, etc. And mindlessly repeating them helps noone.

45 posted on 12/29/2004 5:22:10 PM PST by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: Beenliedto
Really? No need to be defensive? Gosh, what a relief. I thought the big headline on the post was "Doctors Kill More People Than Guns Do". I guess I'm wrong to resent seeing my profession maligned yet again.

And no one is after me? Gosh, that explains the 5 lawsuits I've had in my years of practice, every one of which was unfounded, and every one of which was a judgment for the defense [me]. Yes, I won, at the cost of years of worry, loss of sleep, time away from work, and nice newspaper headlines such as "Local Doctor Charged with Negligence" prior to the defense verdict, which was buried on page 8.

The current figures are that the Emergency Physicians are sued once every 10.5 thousand patients. I currently see 9.1 thousand patients a year. No, I shouldn't be defensive. No one is after me. Not even the posts about the wrong leg amputations, and the walk-out clinic. Darn it, I'm being oversensitive again.
49 posted on 12/29/2004 5:35:02 PM PST by Bushforlife (I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Beenliedto; Bushforlife
re: No need to go defensive. No one's after you.)))

Huh. Somehow I think a lot of bad actors are after his good doctor. He walks around with a big bull's eye on his back.

65 posted on 02/23/2006 9:33:04 AM PST by Mamzelle
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