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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

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CodeBlueBlog Issues $100,000 Challenge to Terri Schiavo Neurologist Experts

I've watched a steady stream of neurologists, bioethicists, and neurologist/bioethicists from Columbia, Cornell, and NYU interviewed all week on Fox and CNN and MSNBC. They all said about the same thing, that Terri's CT scan was "the worst they'd ever seen"or "as bad as they've ever seen."

Here's the problem with these experts: THEY DON'T INTERPRET CT SCANS OF THE BRAIN. RADIOLOGISTS DO.

*Oh*

You see, a neurologist will look at the CT of the brain of one of his patients, but this is entirely different from interpreting CT's of the brain de novo, for a living, every day, without knowing the diagnosis and most times without a good history. In addition, whereas I heard Dr. Crandon say he's "seen" a thousand brain CT's... well I've interpreted over 10,000 brain CT's. There's a big difference.

When I look at a CT of the brain every case is a new mystery about a patient Idon't know. I must look at the images, come to a conclusion, dictate my findings and report a conclusion. This becomes a part of the official legal record for which I am liable. I bill Medicare for a CT interpretation and am paid for this service.

Neurologists do not do this. They don't go on the record, alone, in written legal documents stating their impressions about CT's of the brain. The neurologist doesn't get sued for making a mistake on an opinion of a CT of the brain THE RADIOLOGIST DOES............

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

To prove my point I am offering $100,000 on a $25,000 wager for ANY neurologist (and $125,000 for any neurologist/bioethicist) involved in Terri Schiavo's case--including all the neurologists reviewed on television and in the newspapers who can accurately single out PVS patients from functioning patients with better than 60% accuracy on CT scans.

I will provide 100 single cuts from 100 different patient's brain CT's. All the neurologist has to do is say which ones represent patients with PVS and which do not.

If the neurologist can be right 6 out of 10 times he wins the $100,000.





Schiavo Autopsy Will Not Confirm Diagnosis

"Persistent vegetative state or minimally conscious state is a clinical diagnosis," says Michael De Georgia, MD, head of the neurology/neurosurgery intensive care unit at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. "It cannot be confirmed by autopsy."

3 Comments:

  • OT and urgent update: The FL Senate has recessed until tomorrow morning at 9:00 without re-voting on Sen. Webster's bill. This is according to staff members for Sen. Alexander, Sen. Lynn, and a few others I talked to in person.

    1. Hit the phones, politely. (http://www.flsenate.gov) I literally begged for the bill to be re-voted. I think at least some of the staffers are sympathetic to Terri's situation.
    2. Pray hard for Terri to survive yet another night without food or water.
    3. Pray hard that the courts will grant an emergency stay.
    4. Don't let Jeb off the hook. (850) 488-4441.

    By Anonymous Mary in LA, at 1:10 PM  

  • Isn't Terri going to be with God in heaven once she dies? Sounds a lot better to me than her current situation!

    By Anonymous lmnop, at 1:55 PM  

  • IF BOTH SIDES AGREE THAT WHEN SHE DIES SHE'LL BE IN A BETTER PLACE.....
    WHY PROLONG HER TRIP TO A BETTER PLACE...
    SOUNDS SELFISH TO ME

    DW7448

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:57 PM  

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