Why Doctors Can’t Wait for Congress

AAPS, San Diego Jane M. Orient, M.D. October 2012

My least favorite platitude
• All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. • Edmund Burke Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 1797)

Karl Brandt
• Hitler’s Doctor vs. Hippocrates: the tragic costs of putting the state above the patient. • Lee Hieb, M.D., 2010 annual meeting, video at http://www.aapsonline.org/index.php/article/ hitlers_doctor_vs._hippocrates_the_tragic_co sts_of_putting_the_state_above_/ • Journal article: http://www.jpands.org/vol16no1/hieb.pdf).

Movie Picks
• • • • Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika) Sophie Scholl The Blind Spot (Im toten Winkel) Downfall (Der Untergang)

Reading list
• • • • • Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer The Chief Culprit by Viktor Suvorov Capitol Punishment by Jack Abramoff Throw Them All Out by Robert Schweizer Common Sense 2012 by Art Robinson

For Evil to Triumph
• • • • • • • Charisma Leader exempt from rule of law Hubris Resources Collaborators The Double Effect Seductive bad ideas (redistribution of wealth, central planning, individual subservient to state, Darwinism)

AMA Code of Ethics
• A physician shall respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interests of the patient.

For All Good Men
• • • • • • • Resist cult of personality (humor, ridicule) Insist that law applies to all Humility Starve the beast Non-participation Stand on principle; refuse to compromise Educate

You’ll know it’s true when it happens to you.
Russian proverb

They came for us one at a time.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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