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Readers sometimes reproach me, usually gently, for typos. These exist because I have poor and deteriorating vision because, years back, Dr. Phillip Francis Stanley, an ophthalmologist of sorts then at Bethesda Naval Hospital, pulled apart my good eye while removing sutures from a successful corneal transplant at Johns Hopkins. The transplant was done by Dr. Albert Jun, reputedly an excellent surgeon. I have no reason to doubt this. Progressive edema in my remaining eye will probably lead to a soon termination of my column, doubtless to consternation in this and all nearby galaxies.

The disaster at Bethesda led to a successful malpractice suit. By law you cannot sue a military doctor, but you can sue the government which, seeing that it could not win in court, settled. An account of the fiasco, submitted as part of the malpractice filing, is here if anyone is interested. After this Stanley was hired by Hopkins which–or so I hope–did not know what had happened since my suit was filed over a year later. Stanley now practises in Singapore.

Several months back my remaining eye began to experience corneal problems. These diminished vision already below legal blindness due, initially, to shrapnel injuries sustained while a Marine in Vietnam. Thanks to the kindness of a reader, a retired ophthalmologist, I made an appointment with Dr. Yassine Daoud at Hopkins. He proved to be an impressive man whom I would recommend to anyone.

One thinks, I supposes, or wants to think, of doctors as being dedicated to the repair of their patients. This is probably true of most doctors most of the time. It is certainly not true of all of them all of the time. It is not true even of the best doctors at the best institutions. After hearing of my lawsuit, everybody at Hopkins abruptly stopped communicating with me–doctors, secretaries, everybody. Having been a crime reporter for years, I expected this sort of behavior from police departments. I did not expect it from Hopkins. Anyway, I wrote Dr. Daoud as follows:

Dr. Daoud,

Do doctors ever look at malpractice from the patient’s point of view? I had a perfectly good eye, no retinal problems, with a successful transplant. I was then a prosperous mid-level journalist, with an assignment in Afghanistan from the Washington Times and a parallel magazine assignment from Harper’s. I could support my wife and stepdaughter. After fifteen minutes with Dr. Stanley, my career was over. I couldn’t drive, read a book–that God for Kindle and the iPad which can read kindle books aloud. I have lived on disability ever since. Without the malpractice settlement we would have no home and my stepdaughter would have had to drop out of university.

Do you see why a patient might be angry? How would you feel if you went for a checkup and somehow came out with only one eye, and that eye at 20/250 vision and a rapidly deteriorating cornea?

I know little of malpractice suits. The ones I have heard of typically involved carelessness, as in leaving a hemostat inside the patient or prescribing the wrong medication. These are in a sense understandable. We all make mistakes. Everyone runs a redlight occasionally through inattention and might hit someone. Journalists get facts wrong.

My case was not of this sort. Dr. Stanley knew what he was doing, forcing one resistant suture…after another…after another, until he tore the eye open. The choroidal hemorrhage ensued with blood pouring from the open eye. Why did he do this? What doctor possibly could do it? It was not carelessness. It was not a slip of the hand.

As this was going on, I sensed that something was wrong. But I was a patient. Patients expect doctors to know what they are doing. It takes more gall than I had to back away from a slit lamp in the middle of what has been described as a minor procedure and say “Stop!” to a surgeon. And so my wife has to lead me around city streets.

I understand that not all outcomes are good. I know that if I have to have a PK, which I hope I don’t, another hemorrhage is entirely possible. It would not be the surgeon’s fault. The eye is old and has undergone a lot of trauma. But this is different from having an eye pulled apart…suture…by suture…by suture, until aqueous runs down the patient’s cheek, in what should have been a trivial procedure.

I have spent considerable time wondering why he did it. It proved easy to find textbooks of ophthalmology saying that if a suture resists, stop pulling. Didn’t Dr. Stanley know this?

When I came in days later for a follow up, I don’t know whether it was more nightmare or parody. I was too groggy on oxycontin to be entirely aware. Two or three people other than Dr. Stannley were there. One was a white woman who spoke abominable Spanish, obviously brought in to talk to my wife, who spoke better English than the woman did Spanish. Nurse? Secretary? Doctor? I don’t know.

What followed was astonishing, or would seem so months later when I came down from the massive supply of oxycontin prescribed by Dr. Stanley. They all assured me that the hemorrhage was inevitable. Yes. Tearing one suture after another resistant suture from a wounded eye is inevitable. The woman who barely spoke Spanish told my wife that in a few months my eye would probably be recovered. The assumption seemed to be that my wife, as Americans tend to believe of all people of the “Third World,” was stupid, but here I speculate. Dr. Stanley and another female other than the almost Spanish speaker told me that the eye would probably recover but that it would take many months. Sure. After a massive choroidal hemorrhage, with half my retina floating loose, half of my visual field already gone, everything would be all right. Is this in accord with medical ethics?

Then Dr. Stanley sent me back home to Mexico with a huge supply of oxycontin, two tablets every six hours I think, which kept me sleeping most of the day for what my wife estimates at three months. I suspect it was somewhat less, but it was far longer than any pain would have lasted. During this time my visual field diminished from half to nothing as the retina progressively detached.

The upshot? I came out with my life ruined and needing an escort when walking outside of the house. Dr. Stanley, having done this, suffers no inconvenience, is hired by Hopkins, and now, in Singapore where apparently medical standards are lower, sells himself online as a product of Johns Hopkins. While I apparently am blacklisted by the medical profession.

Best regards,

Fred”

No response.

Anyway, this is why the typos, and why I expect that I will shortly have to give up the column.

Write Fred at [email protected] Put the letters pdq anywhere in the subject line to avoid autodeletion.

 
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  1. Jim A. says:

    Fred – God bless you and yours. If you must quit, I’ll miss your commentary.

    Jim

  2. I’ve been reading your work on and off since I first discovered it at least fifteen years ago. I’ve always greatly enjoyed your writing, even if like some other readers I’ve joined in on attacking you for Mexiphilia from time to time.

    It is very sad to see you put down your pen, and sadder still that you’re being forced into that fate by a careless butcher.

  3. I am very sorry to hear about this. 🙁

    If fortune doesn’t smile on you (and us), have you considered going into podcasting? Your trademark wit would translate well into video. One of my friends, a Russia blogger, experienced major eye problems in his late 50s that made further blogging unviable. He’s now equally successful recording videos for YouTube.

  4. My dear Mr. Reed, I disagree with, oh, about half of what I’ve read of your writing, but, God knows, I love you, you independently-minded ol’ cuss of a Gyrene. Should you go blind, I pray that the Almighty will keep His light burning fiercely within you. And, you betcha, I’d miss reading whatever would have come further from your pen.

    Now I’ll tell you what many a Navy Chief and Marine NCO told me and what, no doubt, the latter likewise told you: Carry on!

  5. Mr. XYZ says:

    No response.

    Everyone at Hopkins must be real douches. Seriously. 🙁

    Good luck to you, Fred! Your lawsuit was completely and perfectly justified and I would have completely, absolutely, 100% done the same thing if I was in your shoes! I also second Anatoly Karlin’s advice here about seriously considering making podcasts and/or recorded videos for YouTube.

    • Replies: @Druid
  6. Tor597 says:

    Fred, you are the modern day George Carlin and the world has never needed you more.

    I am sorry for your condition but I am glad you are surrounded by people who love you and take care of you.

    Please hang in there. I truly believe the next decade will bring in many modern miracles when it comes to health care.

    Pour yourself a Padre Red and know that we are all here for you.

  7. Fred,

    I second the idea of transitioning into the podcast format.

    Hang tough. Keep at it. Your voice is important.

  8. Druid says:
    @Mr. XYZ

    What exactly was Dr Daoud supposed to reply? Take on Stanley, not Daoud.

  9. Yeah. I’ve seen the medical profession screw up and then basically play ‘cover your ass.’ They definitely watch out for each other.

    Fortunately, in my case as things played out the actual consequences were trivial — but I wasn’t impressed.

  10. Tor597 says:
    @Anatoly Karlin

    Yes, the money Fred makes from articles is a pittance.

    With how entertaining I think Fred would be, plus his deep history of interesting things to talk about I can see Fred doing quite nicely there.

    A lot of readership here would support you there with views, subs, and super chats where we can directly give you money.

    • Agree: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @Jesse Brown
  11. There are thousands of others Fred’s age who have had to deal with horrible war wounds all their adult lives because of LBJ. My heart goes out to them. And the government continues to this day putting young Americans unnecessarily in harm’s way.

  12. GPP says:

    As an Alum of Hampden-Sydney from ’75 who also happens to be in the medical profession it is appalling that Hopkins staff have taken this attitude. Although there are many cases of frivolous lawsuits, yours was clearly justified. What is more nauseating is that Hopkins hired this character after he left Bethesda!
    Keep up the good work, Sam Wilson would be proud of you.

    • Agree: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @CarlS
  13. Anonymous[401] • Disclaimer says:

    Blind people still communicate. Podcasts are one possibility. Dictating via digital-transcribers is another.

    If you don’t continue creating you will likely get depressed. Technology is your friend. Ask for help from techies on how semi-blind folks can still get published. You might not like Limbaugh, yet he didn’t let ear-issues stop him.

    Fellow girenes know where Singapore is. Might they not pay the good doctor a “visit” there? An eye for an eye and all that?

    • Agree: Mr. XYZ
    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
  14. Jsinton says:

    I’m really sorry to hear all that, but somehow I’m not surprised. I watched the hospital murder my father and I did nothing because, like you, I believed that doctors know what they are doing and knew best. I’ll never trust the hospital or the doctors again.

  15. journey80 says:

    For god’s sake, Fred, tape record it and have it transcribed. Or better yet, set up a podcast, or a website with a regular video commentary. I’ll subscribe.

  16. Anonymous[360] • Disclaimer says:

    Fred, first I would like to express my codolences and a selfish concern that I may be deprived of my appreciation for your columns. I would like to say this, I practiced law for many years, but not in the area of malpractice. However, I did meet, and talk, with many such practioners. My understanding is that if people were aware of the frequency of malpractice, they would not enter hospitals. The “number” is kept low because many cases do not justify the cost of litigation.

  17. God bless and keep you and yours, Fred Reed. I don’t always agree with you but I have often learned from and been enlightened by you.

  18. CarlS says:
    @GPP

    One wonders if perhaps Hopkins is avoiding The Fred because of the broad reach of his readership and/or they don’t want to expose their personnel hiring practices, records and medical outcomes to any sort of investigation.

  19. EAK says:

    https://popculture.com/trending/2020/04/02/coronavirus-wwii-veteran-recovers-survived-foxholes-guam-can-get-through-this/

    “… A WWII veteran has revealed that he was diagnosed with coronavirus, but that he has since recovered and is doing well. In his own words, 95-year-old Bill Kelly of Oregon said of the health battle, “I survived the foxholes of Guam, I can get through this bullshit….”

    Fred, I think you’re a lot like Bill Kelly.

    There are plenty of ways to improvise and adapt if you want to continue the column or change formats.

    General resources:

    https://www.nfb.org/our-community/people-losing-vision

    Transcription services:

    https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-best-transcription-services

    Podcasting:

    Podcasts by blind people and resources for blind podcasters:

    https://www.thepodcasthost.com/niche-case-study/podcasting-for-the-blind-partially-sighted/

    https://www.whitestick.co.uk/podcasts.html

    https://player.fm/podcasts/Visually-Impaired

    Need funding? Use Patreon. I’ll subscribe and I’m many others who have been reading your columns for decades would help. Just ask.
    https://www.patreon.com/

  20. Wild Bill says:

    Mr. Reed, there is no reason at all to stop writing unless you are tired of it. You are clearly a gifted keyboardist and we are never supposed to look at the keys when we type. As to the people who have time to nit pick about typos, well, you will no longer be subject to them or any others who may happen to disagree with you. Simply inform your wife to read only the nice comments to you. I for one look forward to your next column as a form of brain candy. Your turns of phrase and mental observation set you apart from the unwashed masses of society and the unwashed masses of media persons. Please don’t tire, carry on.

  21. Fred, it was tough to read this. You expect this kind of treatment at a VA hospital not at the nation’s premier military hospital.

    In any case, when your vision deteriorates to the point where you can’t see to write, please consider using a speech to text processor like “Dragon, Naturally Speaking”. In the past I have successfully installed and trained the former director of NIH, Dr Marty Cummings on this software which he successfully used for a number of years before he passed. He had severe macular degeneration. I retired as a contractor from NIH in 2015 and had many years experience working and supporting this and other types of software. It has come a long way in the last 10 years or so to about 98% or better accuracy.

    You may or may not remember me from years ago when I notified you of your Vietnam unit’s reunion that was taking place. I forget now what unit that was. You seemed appreciative but I don’t know if you ever made it to the reunion. I was with 1/1 in 69-70.

    All the best and a Semper Fi brother,

    Jesse Brown
    BFE, North Carolina

  22. LarryW says:

    Fred,
    Back when I was in grad school, a fellow student of mine was blind from some kind of genetic retinal degeneration he experienced at age 16. By the time he was in grad school, he was working with some kind of typewriter for the blind. Maybe it was in braille, which he taught himself.

    Nonetheless, I’m sure there are keyboards that you could use to keep on typing, if that’s what you want to do. Maybe you’d need to learn braille. Maybe not.

    I’d suggest looking into it. My grad school friend just retired after an entire career typing up his case notes on his special keyboard.

  23. Fred, sorry to read of this latest bad turn adding to all that has resulted of the malpractice to you many years ago. I’ve often found your articles insightful or provocative, but I’d have to say you’ve been most consistently faithful to your readership in that first responsibility of worthy writing to a public, of being a pleasure to read in style or personality. Unquestionably in this core consideration a cut above just about all of the banal mainstream journalists of major publications. I hope you’ll find a way to continue to share your spirit and talent, whether in taking up podcasting as others have suggested or by finding a way – perhaps in recruiting an editor to work with audio transcripts – to continue to do your thing in this old medium of structure and refinement.

  24. I agree with many of the comments here. A podcast would be a great way to continue hearing from you and your deep knowledge vault. Been reading your column since late 2001 and have always considered your thoughts a well of insight and pointed commentary. Whether written or listened won’t really matter. In fact, recorded voice has much more range to express nuanced emotions than the written word.

  25. FirstPost says:

    Dear Fred,

    I’ve been reading your articles since, oh, about 2008. I have read and reread the ebooks you wrote – particularly Triple Tap and Killer Kink. I will miss your wit, your humor, your irreverence, and your willingness to cut to the heart of things. If there is some way I can help, either by transcribing your thoughts over internet phone or what have you, please let me know.

  26. I have sutures in an eye right now that will eventually have to be removed. I’m scared but I hope my French doctor is more competent than the one that damaged Fred’s eye. I hope that Fred can continue to produce his material even if his eyesight deteriorates to the point of being unable to read.

  27. Ipsescit says:

    Fred,
    Podcast, Youtube, or your own website: $4.00 per month seems to be a popular subscription price. Whatever, sign me up.

  28. Antiwar7 says:

    Not experiencing your ongoing justified cantankerousness would be a major loss to the world. Say it ain’t so!

  29. Haole says:

    @Fred,

    Sorry to hear you might be quitting. I bumped into you on the Chapala Malecon last year. You thought I might be someone out to get you, but just a another of your groupies. It was nice talking with you.

    I emailed you personally in 2017 about moving my older relative to mexico, you responded with some advice. I ended up choosing a different old folks home but thanks for the help. A lot of people, gringos and locals were very helpful when I needed a lot of advice. Moving a 87 YO to another country is a huge undertaking, visas, medical care, housing,transportation to Mexico,, so many issues to deal with. It all came out very well, her health is better and we save about $9,000 (USD) a month in Mexico and for better care. I blame (haha) you and all the others for this happy outcome. keep doing it.

  30. Dasdbill2 says:

    Fred,
    It almost sounds as if this quack surgeon deliberately destroyed your eye, perhaps because he knew of your writings and opinions and wanted to shut you up. At any rate, he needs some punushment to get his attention.

    Carry on. You are one tough hombre.

  31. Remote says:

    Fred,

    Thank you for all your hard work. You belong to an elite club of very few journalists in the world who’s work is relevant decade after decade.

    Stay strong sir. Stay with us. You have transitioned from paper to web, now it is time to go from web to podcast. The technology is there, you will be heard by many.

    Cheers!

    R.

  32. @Tor597

    Think Joe Rogan but Fred Reed instead!

    • Agree: Tor597
  33. Tony says:

    Dont like to hear that kind of news. At least you won the lawsuit which is really small consolation. Of course you would rather have your sight. Good that you put your personal story out there to shed light on this. Stay well and keep fighting.

  34. Mr. XYZ says:
    @Anonymous

    Fellow girenes know where Singapore is. Might they not pay the good doctor a “visit” there? An eye for an eye and all that?

    What are girenes? Also, doesn’t Singapore have the death penalty for heinous crimes?

    • Replies: @Auntie Analogue
    , @ivan
  35. Sir,
    So sorry to hear about your eyesight. Please don’t quit!!!! Love your work and writing.
    Start a podcast !!!!!
    I find doctors from super Elit institutions e.g Hopkins, Harvard etc are complete sociopaths…
    Good luck sir !!!

  36. @Mr. XYZ

    My dear Mr. XYZ, gyrene is a slang term, origin unknown, for a U.S. Marine. First use of the term was in 1894.

  37. Daniel H says:

    Fred, you’ve been wronged. I’m burning with rage at what was done to you. This would be an outrage for anybody victimized such, but you, a man who truly is out there in the world, sucking the marrow out of it, so to speak, it is a sin.

    Why did Stanley do this? I would not discount the Demonic. Souls can choose to do evil for the pure evil of it. Run away from them.

    I will pray. Keep giving them hell Fred. You’ve got plenty of good to do, still. I’m not going to pity you because you are strong and vigorous. Just keep doing what Fred does.

  38. anon[217] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    As a Libertarian, I have to say that Fred Reed sees more with gimp eyes than most of us with 20/20 vision.

  39. ivan says:
    @Mr. XYZ

    Also, doesn’t Singapore have the death penalty for heinous crimes?

    Nope, not for crimes against foreigners committed abroad. It is one of the most hypocritical countries around.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
  40. ivan says:

    I greatly respect Mr Fred for his wealth of stories and the easy going way with which he communicates his experiences. I am sorry to hear of this sir.

  41. Renoman says:

    Dictate Fred, we need you.

  42. Good luck Fred. I have a friend in a similar situation. God bless you!

  43. Muggles says:

    It was unclear from your article whether or not Dr. Daoud whom you praise did or didn’t treat you in your other eye. I get the impression he did but then, why write Hopkins criticizing a doctor who’s no longer there?

    I understand your bitterness. There are some bad doctors out there. Eye surgery is risky and you had very bad problems. I have had my share (cataracts, glaucoma) but fortunately mine turned out okay.

    The real villain here is the US military, for sending you into a pointless conflict to get badly hurt. Yes, tough young guys, idealistic, etc. are the fodder for war. Always have been. Females, for all of the PC yak, never fight and never have. A few here and there, but rarely. Young men are expendable.

    Once badly wounded, modern medicine has limits. Imagine how wrecked those Viet Cong, N. Vietnamese wounded were? Few had modern medical care and still don’t. But that doesn’t make your situation any better. The real horror of war is usually carefully concealed and not discussed.

    At your age, many “normal” males get eye diseases and deterioration. But near blindness is never good at any age for any reason. Best of luck to you. Thanks for what you’ve done in the past. Enjoy what you can, while you can.

    • Replies: @Rich
  44. Rogue says:

    I always look forward to a new Fred Reed article.

    Some, obviously, more than others. But one of my favorite columnists on Unz. And even before Fred came to Unz (Fred on Everything).

    Will be sorry to see to him hang up the writers pen. Hope it’s not very soon.

    • Agree: Haole, Mr. XYZ
  45. A podcast, splendid idea indeed. It would almost be like Don Imus reincarnated.

  46. I recall when Fred wrote about this years ago and gleaned from his articles that he had some residual issue but nothing prepared me or him for this. Like Fred, I’m a USMC guy – staff NCO; line company mostly with a stint at PI so my empathy is brotherly as well as human. We all feel hurt by this but words won’t do much except let Fred know we truly respect and appreciate him for his mind and soul.

    Try talking with the Lord Fred. He’s a smart guy like you and you two should become good friends. Look at what some people did to him a couple of thousand years ago this Friday. And my respects to your wife for her loyal love.

  47. Rich says:
    @Muggles

    F*ck the VC, f*ck the communist N Vietnamese. They tortured captured soldiers, committed mayhem, rape and murder throughout the peaceful South. If the Americans, or any other Western nation committed a third of the crimes these communists committed, you and your ilk would never let it rest.

    The men who fought against these communist aggressors fought in a noble cause. The only regret they should feel, is that communist sympathizers in the US were able to seize control of the American
    government and give away a war that had already been won.

  48. Stump says:

    In my experience God never closes a door without opening a window. Fight and find a way to keep publishing. I don’t always agree with you, but I always read your columns. God bless and keep you sir.

    • Replies: @Mr. XYZ
  49. dammit Reed – you’re a goddamned Marine and you shall “quit your post only when properly relieved!”

    As soon as it’s announced, I’ll be among the first subscribers to the FOE podcast. Now get to it, Marine!

  50. Mr. XYZ says:
    @ivan

    Nope, not for crimes against foreigners committed abroad. It is one of the most hypocritical countries around.

    Not even for the murder of foreigners who currently live in Singapore but don’t actually have Singaporean citizenship?

  51. Mr. XYZ says:
    @Stump

    Maybe Fred should also look into this, if it’s actually possible and he’s actually able to afford this:

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/13/brain-implant-restores-partial-vision-to-blind-people

  52. Truth says:

    years back, Dr. Phillip Francis Stanley, an ophthalmologist of sorts then at Bethesda Naval Hospital, pulled apart my good eye

    Frederick, there must be some mistake here. I looked Stanley up, he’s a white guy!

  53. Truly sorry, Fred. Though, I am certain you’ll know what to do with your life.

  54. Good luck Fred and hope you recover. May God be on your side.

  55. Fred Fan says:

    Been reading your articles for years Fred and I’m very saddened to hear about this.
    Reading your articles was such a pleasure. You are orders of magnitude above the fools in the establishment media who write only goody-goody PC fluff. Your wit, erudition, logic, style, is unmatched in anything I have read online. Wish there was something we could do to help your situation. Know that so many people have enjoyed reading your articles. Thanks for all you have done. I hope you recover soon. And regardless, enjoy what you can while you can.

  56. Fred, so sorry to hear of your misfortune. I am a college writing instructor and I see a lot of writing, good and bad, but mostly bad. Your writing is so alive and engaging, probably because you stand out as real in a world of phonies and hypocrites.

  57. bluedog says:

    Fred: You have to keep writing been reading you for a long time,your old school from a time long ago when they use to print the truth,or close to it now nothing but garbage not worth reading.

    Thank you for the hours reading your columns over the years and getting a chuckle or two from them.,hang in there if you need some help its out there, from the many lives you’ve touched.!!!

  58. Delta G says:

    Fred,

    So sorry to hear about your bad Medical Experience.

    I am certain you should be able to continue writing using the new voice recognition technology . My good friend and colleague was struck blind by Diabetic Retinopathy when we were both at the NIH in the early 1980’s. NIH developed at that time a computer system that read to him the abstracts from PubMed and confirmed his typing on his keyboard. So I have to imagine things have progressed since 1984.

    My friend also had his surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Hopkins but eye surgery is very difficult to get a good outcome and he lost vision in one eye first and then the second one is less than a year. Juvenile Diabetes is a long term serious problem and that is what caused his loss of vision and later 2 kidney transplants.

    Having worked in the Medical Research and Education field since 1979 I can say that a significant number of Medical School Graduates are not qualified to be practicing physicians.

    Its has to do with the acceptance process (if the applicant has a relative who is a MD) and the fact that once in they are accepted the individuals has to either quit, die or commit a felony to prevent them from getting an MD degree. It is astonishing but true nonetheless.

    You are lucky and fortunate that you won your malpractice suit, most individuals do not.

    There are worse things done to people than blinding them but it certainly is up high on the list.

    Perhaps it should be permanently recorded and kept on record the position of the graduating Medical Student in their Class, ie, 1st to last, but the Woke and PC cultures would go apoplectic with this kind of public record.

    Remember, the student who graduates last in His/Her Medical School Class is still called Doctor, and granted an MD degree. Stricter licensing examinations and controls could help but they already give preference to the children and relatives of Practicing Physicians to get in the Schools, so don’t expect Physicians to Police themselves

  59. DrCiber says:

    Dear Fred,

    It will be a terrible shame if we lose your voice, being one of the best damn writers out there. Of course you must decide what you are up to, what is best for you and V. As many have commented, there are technical tools out there now with benign learning curves that could enable you to continue plying your trade if you so choose. Personally I hope you find the drive to carry on as your stuff tells me that writer is what you are not what you do. I am loath to tell you what to do, but I will say don’t let that bastard get you down.

    • Replies: @DrCiber
  60. DrCiber says:
    @DrCiber

    I meant to add that my own stop the world moment with physicians came long ago when I was in my twenties and had a few MD’s in my English as a foreign language classes. Like many of our generation (well, you’ve got a few years on me) MD’s for me were supposedly somewhere on a scale from Ben Casey to Dr. Kildare, and they always knew their lines. What a shock to find out these guys had feet of clay, not to mention their heads. I remember commenting to my wife that I wouldn’t let them tune up my car, much less lay hands on my body. Since that time although I do go to the doctor when I must, their counsel and their guesses (which is mostly what they do) are viewed through a very skeptical lens. I have known some excellent, caring examples but they were a minority.

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