Paramedic Heretic Immutable Laws and Ethical Illusions

Author: K. Patrick McDonald
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 9781457531804
Format: PDF, ePub
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At one point during our lunch the famous Sonny Bono asked, "So in other words, we've reached a point where a rescuer can't say 'screw the rules' and just do the right thing?" Not in other words, Sonny. Those are the perfect words. Immutable Law #2 Saving lives is not our priority. Following our policies is our priority. Protecting ourselves comes next. Avoiding lawsuits comes third. You come somewhere after that. * * * I was not even out of school before I witnessed my first doctor commit murder. It would not be my last - Lord, no - but I can recall that night as vividly as though it happened last week. Few medics forget their first physician homicide. * * * The ugly truth is some of the most macho medics on the planet turn into complete lollipops in the presence of an arrogant, incompetent physician. No matter how you parse it, that is professional cowardice. * * * K. Patrick McDonald is a graduate of UCSD La Jolla School of Medicine original Advanced Field Medicine program. He was appointed the first EMS Supervisor for the City of San Diego under Mayor (and then Governor) Pete Wilson's administration. He created one of the nation's first STAR (Special Trauma & Rescue) Teams and co-authored the San Diego City Disaster Preparedness Plan. He was a co-author of the National Waterpark Lifeguard Training Manual. He has acted as consultant to the U.S. Secret Service in Presidential Protection matters. He writes, "After 30 years of occasionally saving lives, I learned that by writing and speaking, I can do more good for more citizens, while tolerating far fewer medical-political snollygosters." (For more on this fascinating subject, visit

America s Dumbest Doctors

Author: K. Patrick McDonald
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1608441792
Format: PDF
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National Healthcare Reform? Now that's a complex subject. But here's an idea: Why don't we just start by weeding out the lunatics? The Florida doctor who conspired with his brothers to chop off a finger with an axe, so they could collect a nifty insurance pay-off . . . The New York physician who accidently blew himself up, demolishing an entire building, to spite his divorcing wife . . . The Arizona MD who - while facing 67-counts of sexually abusing his patients - announced in court, "Okay. So I'm not exactly Dr. Marcus Welby." The East Coast doctor who stole a cadaver's hand in order to impress a topless dancer . . . Oh, we're just getting started. There are 100,000 more you might want to keep an eye on. ________________________________ "Author McDonald breaks ranks and names names. I sincerely wish I could report that these are merely a few far-out nutcases. I honestly cannot say that. And this fact alone makes his work, regrettably, important." J. William Hollingsworth, MD (Retired) Former Chief of Medicine, San Diego VA Medical Center "Disturbing, provocative and uncomfortably funny." Lesley Miller, MD, (former "surgeon to the stars") USC Medical Center, L.A. __________________________________ Patrick McDonald is a graduate of UCSD School of Medicine, La Jolla, original EMS program. He was appointed the first EMS supervisor for the city of San Diego under Mayor (and then governor) Pete Wilson's administration; was a coauthor of the National Waterpark Lifeguard Training Manual; a set medic on such movies as Planet of the Apes; has provided medical services for entertainers such as Engelbert Humperdinck and the Commodores. For three decades this author and guest speaker has collected thousands of outlandish physician stories. He writes, "I waited 25 years for someone else to do this. The fact is, no profession in America spawns more outright lunacy. And we thought you might like to know a little more about it." _________________________________ For more on the fascinating subject of doctor shenanigans, come visit our website, where you will learn all about your own "Dumb Doctor" story, money-making opportunities. We are gathering nutty cases for the next book, due out in the Spring, 2010. Why not join the fun?

Politics and the Other Scene

Author: Etienne Balibar
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859847251
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In this work, Balibar explores the theme of universalism and difference, and addresses questions such as European racism, the notion of the border, whether a European citizenship is possible or desirable, violence and politics, identity and emancipation.

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge

Author: The Onion
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 031613323X
Format: PDF
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Are you a witless cretin with no reason to live? Would you like to know more about every piece of knowledge ever? Do you have cash? Then congratulations, because just in time for the death of the print industry as we know it comes the final book ever published, and the only one you will ever need: The Onion's compendium of all things known. Replete with an astonishing assemblage of facts, illustrations, maps, charts, threats, blood, and additional fees to edify even the most simple-minded book-buyer, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE is packed with valuable information-such as the life stages of an Aunt; places to kill one's self in Utica, New York; and the dimensions of a female bucket, or "pail." With hundreds of entries for all 27 letters of the alphabet, THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE must be purchased immediately to avoid the sting of eternal ignorance.

The First Immortal

Author: James L. Halperin
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: PDF
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When physician Benjamin Smith wakes up eighty-three years in the future--in the year 2071--after a cryonic sleep, he finds that although humankind has mastered cloning and eternal youth, emotional and ethical predicaments are still prevalent

The Denial of Death

Author: Ernest Becker
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 141659034X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant Freudian school of thought, Becker tackles the problem of the vital lie -- man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. In doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than twenty years after its writing.

Power Knowledge

Author: Michel Foucault
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 039473954X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Study of the intersection of history and philosophy as it relates to recent French political change, evidenced in essays concerning popular justice, power struggles, and the history of sexuality

Hidden Symbolism of Alchemy and the Occult Arts

Author: Herbert Silberer
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486209725
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This thoughtful study, which antedates the work of Jung by a generation, represents the first serious attempt to correlate the methods of psychoanalysis with the literature of alchemy and of other great Western mystical and occult traditions. Dr. Silberer was a prominent member of the Vienna School whose untimely death prevented this, his major published work, from receiving the attention it clearly merited. Included is a wealth of material taken directly from alchemical and Rosicrucian sources. Symbolisms of salt, sulphur and mercury; of the prison, the abyss and the grave; of putrefaction and procreation; and of the sun, moon, and planets are carefully analyzed and explained. Passages from the works of Hermes Trismegistus, Flamel, Lacinius, Michael Meier, Paracelsus, and Boehme are cited both as important sources of alchemical doctrine and to substantiate the thesis that alchemy was a spiritual discipline of the highest order, comparable to the Yoga of the East. The entire inquiry is based on a parable from the pages of "Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer," an l8th-century alchemical text. After a general exposition of dream and myth interpretation, Dr. Silberer proceeds to a psychoanalytic interpretation of the parable and then gives a detailed account of the traditions and practices of the alchemists, Rosicrucians, and Freemasons. Returning to the parable, he introduces the problem of dual interpretations; for while the psychoanalytic approach focuses on the depths of the impulsive life, the hermetic and mystical leads to the heights of spirituality. The heart of the book is an attempt to reconcile these divergent philosophies and a meditation on the relationship of introversion to mysticism.

High Priest

Author: Timothy Leary
Publisher: Ronin Publishing
ISBN: 1579511600
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Timothy Leary, the visionary Harvard psychologist who became a guru of the 1960s counterculture, reentered as an icon of new edge cyberpunks. HIGH PRIEST chronicles 16 psychedelic trips taken in the days before LSD was made illegal. The trip guides or "High Priests" include Aldous Huxley, Gordon Wasson, William S. Burroughs, Godsdog, Allen Ginsberg, Ram Dass, Ralph Metzner, Willy (a junkie from New York City), Huston Smith, Frank Barron, and others. The scene was Millbrook, a mansion in Upstate New York, that was the Mecca of Psychedellia during the 1960s, and of the many luminaries of the period who made a pilgrimage there to trip with Leary and his group, The League for Spiritual Discovery. Each chapter includes an I-Ching reading, a chronicle of what happened during the trip, marginalia of comments, quotations, and illustrations. A fascinating window into an era. This edition includes a Foreword by Allen Ginsberg, an introduction by Timothy Leary about the intergenerational counterculture, and illustrations by Howard Hallis.

Descartes An Intellectual Biography

Author: Stephen Gaukroger
Publisher: Clarendon Press
ISBN: 0191519545
Format: PDF, Kindle
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René Descartes (1596-1650) is the father of modern philosophy, and one of the greatest of all thinkers. This is the first intellectual biography of Descartes in English; it offers a fundamental reassessment of all aspects of his life and work. Stephen Gaukroger, a leading authority on Descartes, traces his intellectual development from childhood, showing the connections between his intellectual and personal life and placing these in the cultural context of seventeenth century Europe. Descartes' early work in mathematics and science produced ground breaking theories, methods, and tools still in use today. This book gives the first full account of how this work informed and influenced the later philosophical studies for which, above all, Descartes is renowned. Not only were philosophy and science intertwined in Descartes' life; so were philosophy and religion. The Church of Rome found Galileo guilty of heresy in 1633; two decades earlier, Copernicus' theories about the universe had been denounced as blasphemous. To avoid such accusations, Descartes clothed his views about the relation between God and humanity, and about the nature of the universe, in a philosophical garb acceptable to the Church. His most famous project was the exploration of the foundations of human knowledge, starting from the proof of one's own existence offered in the formula Cogito ergo sum, `I am thinking therefore I exist'. Stephen Gaukroger argues that this was not intended as an exercise in philosophical scepticism, but rather to provide Descartes' scientific theories, influenced as they were by Copernicus and Galileo, with metaphysical legitimation. This book offers for the first time a full understanding of how Descartes developed his revolutionary ideas. It will be welcomed by all readers interested in the origins of modern thought.