Wednesday, March 23, 2005
This New York Times article discusses the affidavit that was issued today by Dr. Cheshire, who works for what is clearly a right-wing institution. Based on this affidavit Governor Bush is trying to take custody of Terri Schiavo. The article is a good read, but here is the key part I think:
Dr. Ronald Cranford, a neurologist and medical ethicist at the University of Minnesota Medical School who has examined Ms. Schiavo on behalf of the Florida courts and declared her to be irredeemably brain-damaged, said, "I have no idea who this Cheshire is," and added: "He has to be bogus, a pro-life fanatic. You'll not find any credible neurologist or neurosurgeon to get involved at this point and say she's not vegetative."
I think that says it all. A doctor from the University of Minnesota is pretty credible - the University of Minnesota Medical School is one of the top schools in the world. As a lawyer I know you can find an expert to say almost anything. So when you get these no-name doctors who haven't even really examined the patient making bold claims, it is just presumptively bogus in my mind.

And on the other side of the coin, when I see a well credentialed doctor say something like this, I feel pretty comfortable in believing him.
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