September 23, 2023

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California’s Censorship System Is a Threat to Progress in Medicine


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The globe would be different now experienced “medical misinformation” been disallowed in the previous as is now proposed in California (“California’s Health care ‘Misinformation’ Crusade Could Price Lives” by Allysia Finley, op-ed, April 21). Smoking cigarettes would be embraced by clinicians.

In 1959 the editor in main of JAMA, the Journal of the American Professional medical Affiliation, wrote, “Neither the proponents nor the opponents of the smoking theory have ample proof to warrant the assumption of an all-or-none authoritative situation.” In 1958 the main pro on statistical analysis,

R.A Fisher,

wrote in Mother nature, “Unfortunately, significant propaganda is now currently being designed to persuade the public that cigarette smoking cigarettes is dangerous.” Picture if doctors would have lost their healthcare licenses for disagreeing with the expert feeling.

With Covid-19, honesty about what we know and really do not know would have been far better than pressured mandates. Experienced leaders been forthright about the restricted efficacy of masks, the public might have been substantially additional accepting of interventions with mind-boggling evidence of achievement like vaccines. Suppressing dissenting views will only foster greater skepticism within the general public at substantial.


Edward H. Livingston

UCLA School of Medicine

Mainstream science is typically wrong. Think about stomach ulcers, extensive believed to be induced by strain and way of life components. Then Australian medical professionals

Barry Marshall


Robin Warren

deciphered the function of the bacterium h. pylori. Famously, Dr. Marshall contaminated himself with it, developed acute gastritis and printed his effects in 1985. But it was years before it was greatly accepted that h. pylori caused most ulcers and could be treated with antibiotics. What if Australian medical officials in the 1980s experienced the electricity to get motion towards physicians who unfold “misinformation”?

Andrew Campbell

Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Appeared in the May 2, 2022, print version as ‘Censorship Is Damaging to Healthcare Science.’