As physicians we are engaged in the special mission of healing. In that calling, we lobby, first and foremost, for the best interest of our patients. It is a sheer folly to believe that organized medicine would not have the public good at the top of its agenda. Today, while serving our patients we have to face not only economic challenges. We have to be ready to combat an absurd phenomenon of anti-doctor backlash. Dr. Pou's case demonstrates that increasing irrational distrust towards the medical profession may be explored by some unscrupulous politicians ' to the great detriment of their own constituents.
The enforcement agencies should finally start listening to recognized clinical experts regarding an issue of clinical utilization of controlled dangerous substances. Unfortunately, those powerful entities rely on a dubious "expertise" of former police officers, retired physicians-administrators without any scientific credentials, or celebrity coroners. The reliance of Foti on the opinion of two made-for-TV coroners in a clinical (not criminal) matter of Dr. Pou is a prime example of how deranged the system has become. I do respect the forensic expertise of Dr. Wecht. However, the question in Dr. Pou's case was from the realm of catastrophic medicine and not a classic forensic matter.
Foti did not only maltreat the distinguished and heroic physician. This insane persecution was foremost cruel to numerous patients of Dr. Pou. Many suffering patients were unjustly deprived of quality medical care. It happened since the politician who was supposed to protect the rights of those patients decided to embark on a personal power trip instead. Highly trained and compassionate physicians are not disposable or replaceable. It takes much more to become a good doctor than to struggle through a few years of a law school, run the "exemplary" prison and attach a shining sheriff's badge to one's shirt.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.
Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders.
Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
It wasn’t the historic slashes to higher ed funding or the ensuing tuition spikes that recently had LSU’s student body and faculty riled up in collective outrage.
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Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a personal dislike of the superintendent?
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.
Coming off the high of a fourth quarter comeback against Tampa Bay and a helpful bye week, linebacker Junior Galette sees a real turnaround coming for New Orleans' struggling defense.
Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Time and again you hear people say DA Mike Harson is unbeatable because he's doled out political favors over the past 20 years. But a new lawsuit could end that speculation.
After the season's signature win (so far), here are some helpful tips for Cajun Nation during the conference stretch.
Did the state close last year's books with a surplus or a deficit?
Practicing without limitations on Wednesday, running back Mark Ingram looked ready to return to a New Orleans offense that once again ranks among the NFL's best when the Saints play at Detroit on Sunday.
It’s been decided: Superintendents of Louisiana’s public school system will retain the controversial powers granted by Act 1 of the 2012 session.
Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy has a bone to pick with the Jindal administration, which recently — surprise! — announced that the state ended the most recent budget year with a $178.5 million dollar surplus.
The messaging battle, however, isn't tied to individual campaign accounts. Third-party groups have poured millions of dollars into advertising.
With her political future in jeopardy, Sen. Mary Landrieu is turning to a natural constituent base in her re-election bid.
Terrance Broadway threw for a touchdown and rushed for 113 yards to lead Louisiana-Lafayette to a 34-10 victory over Texas State on Tuesday night.
Aligned with the party of an unpopular president, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu sought to keep her distance from the Obama administration, against claims from her chief Republican challenger Bill Cassidy that a vote to re-elect the Democratic incumbent was a vote for Barack Obama.
Seven people in Louisiana and two others in Mississippi have been arrested in connection with an international online sales scam.
Despite the hype and potential misinformation to have spread in the wake of Mark Cockerham’s recent departure from the LPSB, his candidacy for reelection is still on — now with the backing of the Chamber's Empower PAC.