Month: May 2015

Competent, Ethical and Fair Legal Representation for Doctors —A Possible New Niche area for Lawyers.

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:
Wretched creatures are compelled by the severity of the torture to confess things they have never done and so by cruel butchery innocent lives are taken; and by new alchemy, gold and silver are coined from human blood.– Father Cornelius Loos (1592)  “PHP-Approved Attorneys” My survey has revealed an additional factor stacking the…

Re: Six lessons from state physician health programs to promote long-term recovery.

Dupont RL, Skipper GE. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2012 Jan-Mar;44(1):72-8. Six lessons from state physician health programs to promote long-term recovery.  Abstract “The success of the nation’s state physician health programs (PHPs) provides important new evidence on the potential for dramatically reducing relapse and promoting long-term recovery from substance use disorders. This article summarizes the findings…

In Mechanics and Mentality the Physician Health Program “Blueprint” is Essentially Straight, Inc. for Doctors.

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:
In 2012 former Nixon Drug Czar Robert Dupont, MD delivered the keynote speech at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) annual conference and described a “new paradigm” for addiction and substance abuse treatment. He advocated zero tolerance for alcohol and drug use enforced by monitoring with frequent random…

Physician Health Programs:  The Need for Integrity and Accountability of Organizations

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:
Accountability, or answerability,  is necessary to prevent abuse and corruption.  This requires both the provision of information and justification for actions.  What was done and why? Professional guidelines and standards of care, ethical codes of conduct and the law are all objective benchmarks that can be used to assess the actions…

Guilty – via davidhealy.org

…”The case has sparked a debate in Zealand about the dangers of psychiatric drugs, and in Politiken newspaper today Peter Gøtzsche, medical researcher and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Center at Copenhagen’s Rigshospitalet, wrote that antidepressants have caused healthy people to commit suicide. “It is true that depression increases the risk of suicide, but antidepressants…

Suppression and repression of dissent: reprisals

Suppression of dissent/discontent …”The sorts of dissent/discontent that can trigger suppression are diverse. They include conducting or publishing research that gives results unwelcome to powerful groups,§ teaching about sensitive topics, expressing views within an organization, and expressing views in the mass or social media. These sorts of actions can be a challenge within a line…

The Unkindly Art of Mobbing:  How academics can gang up on unpopular colleagues? — By Ken Westhues.

Originally posted on Chaos Theory and Pharmacology:
Academic Matters: the Journal of Higher Education, OCUFA, Fall 2006, pp. 18-19. “Twenty years ago, Swedish psychologist Heinz Leymann gave the name mobbing to this terror, taking the word from Konrad Lorenz’s research on aggression in nonhuman species. Mobbing of alien predators and sometimes of conspecifics occurs among…

The University of Minnesota’s Medical Research Mess – The New York Times

By Carl Elliot. May 26, 2015 …”These days, of course, medical research is not just a scholarly affair. It is also a global, multibillion-dollar business enterprise, powered by the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries. The ethical problem today is not merely that these corporations have plenty of money to grease the wheels of university research. It’s…

An apt and accurate illustration of the professional regulation of medicine in 2015 via Mel Brooks History of the World Part 1

Originally posted on Disrupted Physician:
It’s good to be the king! Count De Monet: I have come on the most urgent of business. It is said that the people are revolting! King Louis: You said it; they stink on ice. Count de Monet: Gerald! Gerald: Count da Money! Count de Monet: de Monet… Monet! Say…