Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Dr. Schulz is an excellent clinician. He has saved hundreds if not thousands of lives."

If you want to know why families of research subjects who have been injured or mistreated in psychiatric studies will never trust the University of Minnesota, you don't need to look much further than this statement by Brooks Jackson, the VP for Health Sciences, on last night's edition of Almanac: "Dr. Schulz is an excellent clinician. He has saved hundreds if not thousands of lives."

It is not enough for Jackson to dodge questions and evade any admission of wrongdoing.  Heaping this kind of effusive praise on the man most responsible for the "culture of fear" and "intimidation" in the Department of Psychiatry is an intentional poke in the eye of anyone who might speak up on behalf of vulnerable patients.

Fortunately, Leigh Turner. a professor in the Center for Bioethics, was also on Almanac.  His response to Jackson: "I'm astonished to hear those remarks.  Frankly, I'm surprised that Dr. Schulz still has a medical license."

You can watch the entire program at this link.


 

2 comments:

  1. It may well be that Schulz is an excellent clinician who has saved many lives. That's not the point, now, is it? As Clancy Martin writes in his novel, How to Sell: "Or she would lie with a truthful statement..." Lying with a truthful statement...
    RC

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  2. Whatever initial credibility that Dr Jackson may have gained following the two outside investigations along with their scathing findings and his pledge to clean up the research within the department of psychiatry has quickly evaporated. It defies logic to canonize Chuck Schulz and completely ignore the findings of these investigations as well as the testimony from the OLA's investigators, as well the last 10 years or so of the media coverage surrounding Schulz's conflict's of interest, poorly run clinical trials, creation of a unsafe and unhealthy work environment. Sorry Dr Jackson, you've lost it all.

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