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.
Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey deserves an attaboy for his unexpected vote during Wednesday’s meeting approving a mediation session between the board and Superintendent Pat Cooper.
The cable television network's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of Robertson's home state.
The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection.
The Pediatric Clinic is housed in the same location previously closed by state budget cuts in June 2012.
Three-term Louisiana senator facing tough re-election battle is next in line for Energy Committee chairmanship.
In a letter distributed during Wednesday night's meeting, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb, in his final meeting as board president, called on his fellow board members to start focusing on the children and stop battling Superintendent Pat Cooper.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 19, 2013
Joshua Dore of Breaux Bridge was sentenced Tuesday to 1.5 years in prison for counterfeiting, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley’s office on Wednesday.
School super Pat Cooper alleges Lafayette Parish School Board member Mark Allen Babineaux, an attorney, publicly disclosed the details of a closed-door executive session.
Sun Belt commissioner presents title and practice gets under way in preparation for Saturday
Kerry Bertrand’s charge was upgraded Tuesday by an Acadia Parish grand jury from manslaughter to second-degree murder for his alleged role in the drowning death of his stepdaughter, Skylar Credeur.
Sean Payton announced Wednesday that veteran Shayne Graham was New Orleans' new kicker, and that rookie Terron Armstead would get his first start at left tackle.
Should new parents be required by law to attend special classes before being permitted to raise their child? It’s an idea state Rep. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, is seriously considering.
The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting of the Lafayette Parish School Board tells it all: The board has lost sight of its elected purpose.
A public Mass will be held Thursday in New Orleans for artist George Rodrigue, who died Saturday of cancer at age 69.
Eight former employees of The Times-Picayune have sued the newspaper and parent Advance Publications Inc., alleging their layoffs violated a longstanding "job security pledge" and age discrimination laws.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration hasn't done an independent performance review of its $363 million privatization contract for mental health and addictive disorder treatment services.
"Whether it's the tackle position, whether it's a player on defense ... we're going to look closely at what our options are and what gives us the best chance."
Get to Cajun Field today and show your bowl-bound pride
In the end, edge to Tulane, but the 12th man could be the deciding factor.
Says ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert, “Obviously, they are not responsible enough to have the privilege of selling alcohol. This blatant disregard of the law will not be tolerated.”
Louisiana's Department of Education isn't properly monitoring the state's voucher program to make sure students are placed in private schools that demonstrate student achievement and success, according to an audit released Monday.
Five members of the Lafayette Parish School Board are facing potential fines of as much as $1,400 for excessive absences from board meetings in 2013.
Acadiana (14-1) broke the state championship record for points and rushing yards, rolling up 670 yards. Photo by Buddy Delahoussaye
The artist who chronicled Cajun life and later found fame with his enigmatic “Blue Dog” images died Saturday in Houston after a long battle with cancer.