Howard speaks up

DNC Chairman Howard Dean has been keeping a low profile on the Schiavo case, until today, and he didn't even really take on the case itself, as much as he took on Senate Majority Leader and all around quack Bill Frist. Excuse me--Doctor Frist.

"This is a deeply personal matter and ought to be left up to physicians," Dean said in a telephone conference call with Tennessee reporters.

"For Sen. Frist to say he could make a diagnosis based on a videotape is certainly not medically sound," said Dean, who, like Frist, is a physician-politician. "I wouldn't want my doctor making any diagnosis of me on videotape."

Ouch.

Frist's spokesman gave the standard defense--Frist wasn't making a diagnosis, blah blah blah. Let's look at what Frist actually said about Terri Schiavo.
In a speech Thursday to the Senate, Frist questioned Florida physicians' diagnosis that Schiavo is in "a persistent vegetative state."

"I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office," said Frist, going on to quote medical texts and standards.
If you're challenging a standing diagnosis and calling it incorrect, then you are in fact making a diagnosis, and if you're doing so using a home video tape that others have noted was culled down to four and a half minutes from four and a half hours of raw footage, then you're a quack and I wouldn't let you operate on my ex-wife.

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