I’ve linked to Dr. Boyle a few times already. He’s been getting increasingly antsy and angry over the Schiavo case and now he has thrown down a gauntlet.
I have seen several neurologists — in the printed media and on television — put up a Representative CT of the brain of a normal 25 year old female and contrast this with Terri Schiavo’s CT. This is a totally spurious comparison. No one is disputing that Terri Schiavo does not have the CT of a 25 year old female.
What I’m saying is that Terri Schiavo’s CT could be the brain of an eighty or ninety year old person who is not in a vegetative state. THOSE are the CT scans we should be showing next to Schiavo’s, because in THAT case you would see similar atrophy and a brain much closer to Schiavo’s.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
To prove my point I am offering $100,000 on a $25,000 wager for ANY neurologist (and $125,000 for any neurologist/bioethicist) involved in Terri Schiavo’s case–including all the neurologists reviewed on television and in the newspapers who can accurately single out PVS patients from functioning patients with better than 60% accuracy on CT scans.
I will provide 100 single cuts from 100 different patient’s brain CT’s. All the neurologist has to do is say which ones represent patients with PVS and which do not.
If the neurologist can be right 6 out of 10 times he wins the $100,000.
Meanwhile Matteo over at Cartago Delenda Est is angry, too – the angriest I’ve ever read him.
…the news is the news, and that’s what this blog is about. When I saw last night that the 11th Circuit (for whatever reason) was going to, you know, at some point, maybe get around to hearing arguments about whether or not to consider the future option of allowing the possibility of legalizing the potential reinsertion of the tube, I have to be honest. The gorge started to rise in my throat. Why’d they change their mind? Was it seeing some far left icons like Jackson, Nader, and Hentoff going against them? Was it because they’ve finally started to realize that in addition to Terri, they are euthanizing the legitimacy and prestige of the Judiciary? Was it because they are starting to see that this case is an unmitigated disaster for the left?
So now they make some noises about doing the right thing almost two weeks into the execution. After they’ve probably immensely added to the damage to this poor woman. After they’ve turned her into beef jerky.
This is equivalent to commuting a death sentence *after* the smoke and sizzle has already started in the electric chair.
Robed Masters, if you are going to save this woman, do it now, and quit dithering around. This has become a revolting, inhuman farce. If you have no intention of saving her, then quit trying to cover your own asses and have the courage of your convictions.
A situation of perhaps honest confusion is starting to become downright Satanic.
I’m a pretty level-headed guy, but I’m starting to feel the urge to puke.
I can’t tell you how unusual it is for Matteo to write something like that penultimate line.