and a documentation of patient-harming frauds in medical research
Preemies gasping for breath
are denied the breathing help they need
2. Pain and permanent harm for the survivors
A fate which many consider worse than death awaits some of the survivors. Breathing insufficient oxygen is painful and harms many of them permanently; their lack of this gas afflicts them not only with physical handicaps but often deprives them of their mental capacities and hinders them from developing their human potential.
Pain: most preemies breathe more steadily in an oxygen enriched atmosphere than in room air where recordings of their breathing patterns show a characteristic sequence of gasps and skipped breaths. The physicians who first published such recordings in 1942 refrained from judging a smooth pattern as better than an irregular one and concluded:
Detached researchers who seek mechanistic knowledge and try to exclude all emotional aspects from their evaluation may require "proof" that easy breathing is better than labored gasps. However, since the word care comes from a root meaning of sorrow and grieving18, those who really care for preemies need to add to such abstract reasoning some empathy with the suffering of those who are gasping.
Preemies are humans and must thus be deemed to feel pain as other humans do, perhaps even more intensely since they are more vulnerable. You can therefore probably get an idea how high and low oxygen levels may feel to a preemie when you read this account by one of the inhabitants of the experimental Biosphere 2 closed environment in Arizona. Here is her description how she felt after the normally 21 volume per cent oxygen level there had declined to 14.2% of the atmosphere and was then raised to 26% in the "lung" area of their enclosure:
As the author walked away from the oxygen injection area, she felt an almost immediate reversal of that boost:
The low oxygen levels were also blamed for insomnia among the biosphere crew20.
For anyone with compassion, there is no need for a medical study to "prove" which of these conditions is preferable for a patient. Although sick preemies can not yet articulate their needs, they clearly depend on that nourishment at least as much as that healthy biospherian. Under the oxygen starving regime, those who do not die breathe in agony and suffer permanent harm.
Harm: the resistance of oxygen-deprived babies is diminished and their recovery delayed, they are more likely to have physical handicaps, and their mental development is often stunted.
A study of survivors in England and Wales found that for every case of blindness avoided through the oxygen rationing, there was among the survivors about one extra case of spastic diplegia, a type of cerebral palsy21. In addition, other severe brain damage must be expected in people whose brains suffered even briefly from lack of sufficient oxygenation.
No one has attempted to look further at this hidden part of the iceberg, the additional toll in physical and mental damage from the "better-dead-than-blind" therapy.
According to Dr. Walsh McDermott, a celebrated medical educator at the time of the oxygen-condemning trial, the trustworthy doctor must be willing to stay with the details, and the "deep belief in thoroughness is the most important element of medical education"22.
By ignoring the mass infanticide they caused, and by not even trying to assess the other seriously damaging and highly probable side effects from their treatment, the physicians responsible for that hit-and-run trial ignored this advertised belief.
They also violated the medical experimenters' fiduciary duty23 towards the trusting public. This duty includes a diligent effort to know and communicate the dangers of the treatments they recommend.
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