Thursday, March 31, 2005

Want to be a Nobel Prize Nominee?

Dr. William Hammesfahr is making the media rounds (and being quoted by Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough), claiming that Terri Schiavo could recover with the correct treatment, based on his research. He also claims that he is a Nobel Prize Nominee, based on a note he got from some guy a few years ago. An LA radio show called him on the dubious nature of his so-called nomination, but unfortunately he terminated the call before they could call into question the veracity of his “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee mug.


At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Feldwebel Franz-Josef III said...

I wrote Ronald Cranford, MD. He's a well known University of Minnesota neurologist who examined Terri Schiavo for the Florida Court of Appeals case. He also got interviewed by Joe Scarborough on wing-nutty 'Scarborough Country'.

SCARBOROUGH: Hold on a second, if I can interrupt here.
CRANFORD: Go ahead. Joe, interrupt me.
SCARBOROUGH: Why don't you go ahead and tell the rest of the story there? Why don't you tell us that the radiologist that looked at the two CAT scans said she showed improvement in 2002 over 1996? You know, you seem so sure of yourself. The Associated Press reported yesterday --
CRANFORD: Joe, the judge didn't believe him.
SCARBOROUGH: Hold on a second. Hold on a second. You're so sure of yourself -- respond to this. AP had a report yesterday. They said seven doctors have looked at her. Four said she was in persistent vegetative state. You were one of them, hired by Michael Schiavo to do that. There were three others that looked at her that disagreed. How can you be so absolutely sure that everybody that agrees with you is 100 percent accurate and everybody on the other side is a charlatan?
CRANFORD: Joe, Judge -- Judge [George W.] Greer disallowed, didn't believe what [Dr. William] Maxfield [a doctor selected by Terri Schiavo's parents] said. You got your numbers wrong. There were eight neurologists saw her. Seven of the eight said she was in a vegetative state. Only one said she wasn't.
SCARBOROUGH: I am quoting an Associated Press report from yesterday.
CRANFORD: Joe, you've got to get your facts straight.

Anyway, I emailed him a 'thank you' and he emailed me back. What a joy it was to see Scarborough whipsawed!


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