Are "TIME", "NEWSWEEK", and "USA TODAY" Going To Be
by John L. Trench III, DPM
Will "TIME", "NEWSWEEK", and "USA TODAY" soon be airing this filthy
laundry in the podiatry hamper: the persecution of Dr. Brian Gale by
the far-less-qualified members of the North Dakota board?
I am thoroughly disgusted by the outrage being perpetrated against
Dr. Gale by the ND board. That such action could ever be undertaken
by a state board, with only flimsy excuses and trumped-up
"complaints" as justification, is a travesty.
Just look at those "complaints": one was from a woman who opened a
bottle of topical wart medication (acid) and spilled it on
herself--you get that? SHE SPILLED IT ON HERSELF! Others are people
who were originally surgical patients of one or another of the ND
board members, and who had...um..."less than optimal" outcomes from
their original surgeries. Dr. Gale undertook revisions, which left
the patients demonstrably better off. The overwhelming majority of
those "complaints" were apparently filed at the instigation of the
ND board members. NOT ONE OF THOSE PATIENTS HAS EVER SUED DR. GALE
FOR ANYTHING! Why not?
Because he didn't do anything wrong, that's why! Ask all the doctors
who have consented to review the cases that are the focus of the
"complaints": the ALL exonerate Dr. Gale. The ONLY exceptions are a
tiny number of doctors solicited by the ND board itself--and they
were, if I am not mistaken, friends of one or more of the members of
that board. (If that is not accurate, someone please correct me in a
reply to this post.)
That this could have gone on for so long, and cost Dr. Gale so much
in terms of financial losses, emotional pain and upset, and damage
to his reputation and his personal and professional life, and all in
full view of the profession without ANY movement by the membership
of the profession as a whole to put a stop to it--the efforts of Dr.
Richard Willner are a noble and notable exception--is simply beyond
Prospective students should take note of this, as a stark example of
the "ethics" and "professionalism" of this field they are
considering entering. Their tuition money and time will be much
better spent elsewhere, in allopathic medicine, osteopathic
medicine, or dentistry.
I happen to know that the editors of those publications mentioned
above have been contacted and have received the suggestion that they
should look into this matter--and into the actions and motives of
the men on that board up in North Dakota. This issue has
implications far beyond the destruction of one innocent man by
jealous and self-interested rivals in positions of power. If they
can get away with this for as long as they have, up there in North
Dakota, it can happen anywhere--and almost certainly has! This is an
issue of access to care for patients, of possible violations of
civil rights, and of the possible perversion of government bodies
intended to safeguard the interests and well-being of the public
they were created to serve.
The actions of the North Dakota Board, the complicity of the North
Dakota state government in those actions, and the detailed histories
and motivations of the individuals on that board should make for
some really interesting reading. I look forward to seeing where this
all leads to!
The human cockroaches that infest this profession can't stand the
light, and scurry away into the cracks and crevices whenever it
comes on. Time to shine that light strong and steady, and see who
scuttles to where up there in North Dakota.
Just my opinion, based upon the information I've seen to date. Visit
the Brian Gale website for
yourself and make up your own minds.
I wonder: do you suppose that "60 Minutes" might be interested in
this little passion play the ND board has been putting on? How do
you think the ND board members would react to finding "60 Minutes"
film crews in their offices, lights on and microphones at the ready?
Interesting thought, don't you think?
I wonder where can I find the telephone number for that show...?
John L. Trench III, DPM