Letter to the Editor
I have read Dr. Edwin Leap's writings and musings ever since I was given a copy of his poem, “Chainsaw Man Gets Tylenol” many years ago. I recall my feeling at the time. It was mainly celebratory: “I am not alone here in the pit!” It is a timeless piece, as are most of his writings, regarding the life we EPs lead. In my 30 years of experience, it is a lonely one, and Dr. Leap leads the way in writing about our common vocation.
I am appalled that there are other emergency physicians who are offended by the truth. Patients who engage in risky behavior deserve to be told that! Just like giving advice on how to take antibiotics, avoid tick illness, feed a baby, and treat a rash—isn't this what we do? Every day, all day, all night?
That someone or a group of someones would feel the self-righteous need to attempt to destroy a writer is appalling. Please don't be part of their hate-filled and intolerant political agenda. Otherwise, light the bonfire for all the books, periodicals, and essays that might be offensive. Yours might be next in their world.
Celia Entwistle, MD