Correspondence (Spring 2002)

AMA Rejects Non-Member Support

Dear Editor,

I received two faxes from the AMA in the past week. It asks for my help in contacting senators regarding their work with physician payments. If not changed we will lose about 5 percent in fees. Maybe some other readers received the same fax.

I asked my secretary to call the listed 800 number for me, which was supposed to direct me on the course of action. When she gave the AMA my physician number on the form, she was told that I have not been a member since 1996! They refused to give me any more information on the matter or how to contact the senators on the matter.

I found the episode appalling and even I was surprised at their tactics.

Samia Borchers, MD
Dayton, OH

Prof. R.J. Rummel on Public Health and Gun Control/Democide

Dear Dr. Faria,

...You're doing a great service on the issue of gun control and whenever it comes up in my correspondence, I direct people to your work...

You may be interested in my updated chart on democide [people killed by their own government] at

It plots democide compared to the greatest causes/factors of death in 1998. Democide deaths exceed those for illicit drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, air pollution, alcohol, all domestic/foreign wars, traffic accidents, homicides, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, and tobacco. In fact, governments murdered more people than died in total from war, traffic accidents, homicides, and alcohol combined.

Thanks for reference to your piece on Cuba...

Best wishes, but with this topic, no cheers,
Professor R.J. Rummel
University of Hawaii
via e-mail


On Cuba in Revolution---Escape From a Lost Paradise

Dear Dr. Faria,

I just finished reading your magnificent book. It is a powerful tour de force that spares no feeling on the left. It is a rare book in that it names names and calls the murderers to account, if not in a judicial sense, at least historically. From this point on, all who read your book will know who these dastardly, evil men are, and exactly the crimes they committed. That gives some satisfaction to those who have suffered and continue to suffer.

I must admit, I had to hold back the tears as I read of your family's bravery and courage in the face of Castro's totalitarian death state. I was particularly moved to tears on your recounting of you and your father's escape by sea. I know that, at least for your father, foremost in his mind were the ghosts of the 36,000 brave Cubans who lost their lives in the open sea escaping the communist island gulag. He knew the immense danger you faced and that death could come at any time. I had difficulty telling the story to others. I always had to pause and compose myself so as to prevent breaking down completely...

Your book joins the works of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Richard Wurmbrand in the history of the struggle for freedom in a mostly unfree world.

May God bless you and your family,
Russell L. Blaylock, MD
Jackson, MS

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2002;7(1);1. Copyright©2002 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).