Let The Character Assassination Begin

I told you about the moronic lawyer trying to sue after the Aurora shooting.   Now comes the media and the world trying to put blame on the psychiatrist who was seeing this criminal.  This article is entitled Details emerge on psychiatrist of Colorado massacre gunman and they quickly try to go on to destroy her credibility:

  • Lynne Fenton has faced some trouble in her career.
  • She was disciplined by the Colorado Medical Board in 2004 for prescribing herself Xanax while her mother was dying, state records show.
  • She also was disciplined for prescribing the sleep aid Ambien and the allergy medicine Claritin for her husband, and painkillers for an employee who suffered from chronic headaches.

It looks like she make a couple of mild slip ups for prescribing some drugs.  Heck, her mother was dying.   Claritin is OTC.  Ambien is a sleeping pill used all the tim.  The painkiller Rx for the employee is even mildly controversial.  It doesn’t matter.  I know what they are getting at.  They are going to try and ruin her and then blame her.    Forget the fact that the infamous notebook that the shooter sent had never reached her.  The point is that unless she knew he was a threat to the public, there is NOTHING she can do to stop him.  She cannot make him take his meds.  She cannot stop him from taking painkillers.   Doctors are consultants and nothing more.   We shouldn’t get credit for as much of what we do nor should we get the blame.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “Let The Character Assassination Begin

  1. Stacy RN
    August 8, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Of course Dr. Fenton had the ability to stop the shooting. MD stands for Medical Deity and DO stands for Doctor of Omnipotence. I know this for a fact because I am a Registered Nuisance (RN) to patients.

    August 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Two main media trends in response to Aurora — gun control and lets get these guys dealt with by psychiatry. The former won’t change, not enough political will (how about “Doctors Without Guns”?)

    But the mental health angle is ripe fodder for society to find a fall guy. Never mind that psychiatry has long been the “poor relation” in medicine, it has also been negatively regarded by society in general for decades if not centuries. Putting Dr. Fenton in the stocks will be promoted by right wing whack jobs, liberal do gooders and just about everyone in between. She will need a good shrink herself not to mention a great lawyers just to get through the lawsuits that will be coming down on her head for “failing” to predict what is unpredictable. The science and facts of this case will be ignored by juries and the public. I hope she can survive.

    • Pat
      August 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Amen bubba – then again, would joined “Doctor’s WITH Guns”. Come to think of it …

  3. Frank J. Rubino MD
    August 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    The video reminds me why I can’t stand cable news including FOX News. They are already trying the case on TV with out having all the facts. They take 1 small piece of info “the perpurtrator (don’t want to use his name) mailed a package to the psychiatrist” and turns it into an hour long diatribe about nothing.

  4. Pat
    July 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    And short of a specific threat, by law, ethics, and professional standards, she could NOT have alerted anyone, in violation of doctor-patient confidentiality. Again, our society fronted by our media sets up a physician as the fall guy. This is one of the cases that should be considered by anyone contemplating this line of work.

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