Doctors/first do no harm
jcherwon at dres.dnd.ca
Wed Feb 12 10:26:15 EST 1997
I saw an interesting post in which volunteers will find information about
a medical condition diagnosed by your doctor at no charge. It reminded me of
an article I saw (I should have kept it but didn't, pity) in which Meryl
Streep is trying to assist an organization trying to give patients the best
therapy possible. Seems a friend of hers had a son that suffered from
epilepsy. After surgeries and expensive lobotomies which weren't effective, it
seems there was an alternative treatment of rest and a restricted diet that
was effective. In a similar manner, I have heard that in "Lorenzo's Oil", lay
people found a treatment that was overlooked by physicians.
Does anyone know:
- what organization Meryl Streep is assisting?
- whether there are any federal or provincial/state medical programs for
researching, conducting clinical trials or implementing more effective
therapies at cheaper costs?
I recall I once talked to a director of a large pharmaceutical about
research leading to a cure for a chronic condition that affects many
millions of lives each year. Horrified, he commented why on earth would he
want to support something that would ruin his company?
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