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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 11, 2010 / 26 Adar 5770

Medical profession must police itself better

By Michael Smerconish



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | At the outset of President Obama's summit on health care recently, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told the president to "put an end to junk lawsuits against doctors." No one could protest that sentiment. But any effort at malpractice reform needs to ensure that the medical profession does a better job of policing itself. Three recent stories shine a floodlight on the need for improvement.

First is the case of Kermit B. Gosnell of West Philadelphia and his unlicensed assistants, who, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, were suspected by federal investigators of illegally distributing prescription drugs. But what officers found during a search of Gosnell's office was "blood on the floor, and parts of aborted fetuses were displayed in jars."

(I didn't recognize Gosnell's name at first, but someone in the media uncovered court records showing that I had sued him on behalf of a former patient in 1991. I don't remember the case and the file has long been disposed of, but those two degrees of separation have caused me to take note of this now-national story.)

The subsequent order suspending Gosnell's medical license alleges that a patient recently under his care died after ingesting painkillers and undergoing a botched abortion. One report in the Philadelphia Daily News described Gosnell "cradling" a bottle containing the fetus he'd just removed from a 13-year-old. The same story detailed how a woman had to be rushed to the hospital hours after an operation that left part of the fetus in her. Gosnell has reportedly been named as a defendant in at least 46 civil cases.

The allegations have national significance, but not just for their gruesome nature and abortion implications. The case also says something relevant in the debate over health-care reform. The vivid allegations regarding Gosnell are only the latest example of the medical community's need to rid itself of extreme malpractice.

Letter from JWR publisher


"Dr. Gosnell is the poster boy for the failure of the medical profession and Pennsylvania authorities to discipline repeat malpractice offenders until they stumble on something so shocking that it can't be ignored," Tom Kline, one of Philadelphia's top malpractice lawyers, told me. "The larger lesson here is that the medical profession and state authorities must do a better job disciplining the 5 percent of physicians on whose behalf 50 percent of the malpractice-insurance claims are paid."

In Delaware, pediatrician Earl Bradley is accused of 471 counts of molesting 103 children. The allegations are brutal: Bradley winning his young patients' trust with candy and ice cream; children screaming as he held them upside down and molested them; young patients trying to get free as the doctor chased them in his Disney-themed office. Many of the alleged encounters were caught on video. In announcing the indictment last week, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said the number could increase as more alleged victims are identified.

Worse, as Cris Barrish of the News Journal in Wilmington reported earlier this month, Bradley's sister Lynda Barnes told police in 2005 about parents' complaints that Bradley had improperly touched their children. A police report recently made public noted that Barnes had sent a letter regarding her brother's alleged behavior to the Medical Society of Delaware around the same time, though the exact allegations in that letter remain unclear.

What is clear, however, is that the same medical society had for weeks denied receiving any letter about Bradley and tried to avoid turning over the potentially relevant minutes from a December 2004 meeting of its Physicians Health Committee.

All these reports come a few months after the tragic shooting at Fort Hood in which 13 were killed and dozens more were wounded. That case is notorious for the red flags of an obvious terrorist that were missed. Well, what about the red flags that Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan was also a psychiatrist whose professional life raised as many concerns as his radical political views did? As Arthur Caplan, the nation's foremost bioethicist, told me, Hasan had "a track record of bad reports, lousy evaluations, people saying he couldn't do the job." And yet, he continued to earn promotions.

"What is he doing practicing psychiatry at all? Who cares what his politics are? Why wasn't this guy pulled because he just wasn't fit to serve as a physician, certainly not fit to serve as a military psychiatrist," Caplan said at the time. "And I don't think they were profiling him. I think it's the old boys club continuing to protect bad-apple physicians."

On the eve of the president's health-care summit, the American Medical Association was trumpeting reforms that it said would drop the "federal budget deficits by about $54 billion during the 2010–2019 period." Such cost-saving measures sound great in the abstract. But lost in the demonization of trial lawyers for political points is the medical community's inability to cut costs by cutting loose the malpractitioners among them. In that sense, the red flags are, unfortunately, being overlooked all over again.

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Previously:


02/18/10 One-trick athletes
02/09/10 Active, retired law officers should be able to carry guns on planes to help stop terrorists
02/04/10 How to bring tech up to speed
01/28/10 Campaign donations must be fully and immediately disclosed online
01/07/10 The flying emperor still has no clothes, and no one is willing to say so
12/24/09 A law to mandate college football playoffs?
12/17/09 Cheney's abuse of freedom of speech
11/26/09 The true cost of freedom from anxiety
10/27/09 If GOP wants to win in 2012, it must reshape its primary process
10/08/09 It's time to get smarter on extended school day
09/03/09 What a summer of eulogizing flawed public figures reveals about society
08/12/09 It's time for cyclists and motorists to reconcile
08/05/09 Faces have changed, but vitriol remains
06/25/09 Fair comment or foul? Warm up the Muzzle Meter
06/08/09 Believability is key in crime-hoax villains
05/14/09 Did Hollywood inspire the meltdown men?
04/20/09 Let's give killers their due: Anonymity
03/12/09 Uninsured who can't afford medical care lose a lot more
02/06/09 My debate with Musharraf on hunt for bin Laden
01/29/09 Torture must remain an option
01/15/09 Making a case for suing Madoff
12/22/08 A difficult but rational chat about ‘plans’
12/17/08 Facebook epidemic: More than 120 million have joined, many too old for this nonsense
12/01/08 The high price of downsizing the news biz
11/14/08 Prescience on greed, arrogance of a system
09/29/08 Closer look at party lines
08/26/08 Obama's pick creates GOP opportunity
08/21/08 Fishing with the Angry Everyman
07/31/08 The perils of e-mail: Ponder, then click
05/22/08 Two very different sides of the Internet
02/12/08 Sublimely ridiculous suits
11/28/08 Cell phones cut out secondary circle of kinship
09/26/07 What do we owe those who have died in Iraq?
08/30/07 A Navy SEAL's gut-wrenching tale of survival
07/30/07 First it was a faux pas, now it's a new word


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