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Letter to the Editor

Don't Acquiesce to the Mob Targeting Dr. Leap

Emergency Medicine News: May 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 5 - p 4
doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000558193.86273.d0
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Editor's Note: We received many letters supporting Dr. Edwin Leap and his March column, “D/C: A Little More of the God's Honest Truth,” but we could not publish all of them due to limited space. We have selected and printed several that are representative of the sentiments expressed in all the letters, and we thank all who wrote to us in support of Dr. Leap and his work.

Editor:

I'm writing about the article “D/C: A Little More of the God's Honest Truth” by Dr. Edwin Leap. (EMN. 2019;41[3]:21; http://bit.ly/2TgtHwl.) After reading the article, I was surprised to read a conflagration of angry comments on Twitter and what appears to be a coordinated effort to silence Dr. Leap and remove him from his platform in your publication by those who have a documented history of similar tactics. I hope you will not acquiesce to the mob.

I read the article carefully, as I do all of Dr. Leap's wonderful pieces, and I am truly puzzled by the outrage. Clearly, this was a satirical essay, but his detractors seem to think he intended it to be taken as gospel. I suppose it stings because of the honest truths embedded in it, but the truth often does. I see no lack of compassion here, rather the opposite.

For years I have looked forward to Dr. Leap's insightful compositions in your magazine, usually reading them before anything else. I hope that you will continue to feature him among your other great writers.

James Jackson, MD

Houston

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