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Where’s the solidarity?

Not many people or newspapers are willing to be advocates for medical doctors (M.D.s) in this society. In today’s world, the medical community is being challenged on multiple fronts. This medical community can only remain strong through solidarity as healers.

The comments made by Veronica Daggett, D.O., in Suzie Daggett’s column on Aug. 12 only create barriers that undermine the medical community as a whole. As a medical doctor, I took great offense to Dr. Daggett’s claim that osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) offer a “more humanistic” approach than allopathic (M.D.) physicians.

As a medical doctor, I was trained to advocate for the health of my patients, as human beings. Like all medical doctors, I have made a lifelong commitment to the study of anatomy, physiology and the humanities.

In this challenging time for health care, health-care providers, including D.O.s, P.T.s, R.N.s, P.A.s, F.N.P.s, Ph.D.s, D.C.s and M.D.s, we need to recognize that we all play a valuable role in this community. Our common goal is to promote the health of human beings to the best of our diverse abilities. Diversity should create strength, not barriers.

Christina Lasich, M.D.

Grass Valley

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