The Errington Thompson Show 3/10/07

The opening segment is getting better.  I’m figuring out how to talk and work the computer at the same time.  It is kind of like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time.

Scooter Libby verdict is in.   Libby was guilty of 4 or 5 counts of fraud.  Bush is personally sad but respects the conviction.  Almost before the verdict comes out some on the right began to argue for a presidential pardon.  I review where this all started.

My first guest is a medical scholar and ethicist Timothy Quill, MD.  Dr. Quill is a professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester.  We discuss the development of medical ethics in the United States.  The problem isn’t that medicine is prolonging life but instead medicine has the technology to prolong death.  We discuss Karen Quinlan, Nancy Crusan and, of course, Terri Schiavo.  Great discussion.

In the 3rd segment, I discuss the Walter Reed scandal.  VA/Military hospitals.  I mention that VA hospitals are not set up take care of acute trauma patients.  I then end the segment with the conclusion of my interview with Douglas Johnston of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.

I end the show by talking about the US Attorneys that got fired.  The problem isn’t that they got fired.  The problem is that they were fired for political issues.  Also, and more importantly, the DOJ spoke to Congress and said something a little different.  Albert Gonzales is swimming in hot water.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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