In a summary issued on Thursday, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) reported that a significant majority of physicians it surveyed were concerned about Hillary Clinton’s health issues, and said they could be disqualifying for the office of president.
According to the online survey, 71% of respondents agreed with that position.
Most of the rest — about 20% — said that while the health concerns might be overblown, they “should be addressed by full release of medical records.” Reportedly, only 2.7% of respondents thought the concerns raised about Clinton’s health are “just a political attack; I have confidence in the letter from her physician and see no cause for concern.”
It’s especially interesting that the trend of the results is so strong, given that most of the respondents were unaware of some of Hillary’s major health problems before they took the survey.
According to the news release:
While more than 81% were aware of her history of a concussion, only 59% were aware of the cerebral sinus thrombosis, and 52% of the history of deep venous thrombosis.
Apparently, knowledge of the concussion alone, and the visible after-effects of it, was enough to convince most doctors that Hillary’s health may well be an issue for her fitness to assume office.
About a third of the respondents submitted comments, including concerns like these:
Another mentioned Clinton’s “so called loss of memory claimed during her FBI questioning about her email server.” … The history of the concussion was concerning: “The public must watch the movie Concussion to realize that such an injury does affect thought process.”
All in all:
More than 78% said the health concerns had received “not enough emphasis” in the media, and only 2.7% that there had been “too much emphasis.”
Nearly two-thirds said that a physician who had a concern about a candidate’s fitness to serve for health reasons should “make the concerns known to the public.” Only 11% said a physician should “keep silent unless he had personally examined the patient,” and 10% that the candidate’s health was “off limits for public discussion.”
The doctors’ perception that Hillary’s health hasn’t gotten enough emphasis in the media may have something to do with the fact that the MSM have been suppressing stories about it. Howard Portnoy reported in August that the New York Times was not only ignoring news about Hillary’s health, but urging Google to hide “Hillary health” stories from search results.
Some health news contributors in the MSM are probably censoring themselves at this point. As recounted by LU’s Ben Bowles, Dr. Drew Pinsky, touted by employer CNN as “the most trusted doctor in America,” made the mistake of voicing his worries about the state of Clinton’s health in mid-August:
Pinsky appeared earlier this week KABC’s “McIntyre in the Morning.” The show’s hosts, Doug McIntyre and Terri-Rae Elmer, invited the TV personality known as “America’s most trusted physician” to debunk claims that the Democratic nominee is ill.
What he said instead was that he and colleague Robert Huizenga had reviewed Mrs. Clinton’s medical records (which, he explained, had already been released, contrary to popular belief). What they found, he underscored, left the pair “gravely concerned …. not just about her health but her health care.”
A week later, Dr. Pinsky’s CNN show was cancelled. Officially, the channel was merely reworking its programming line-up. But Richard Johnson at the New York Post reported that a source close to Pinsky revealed the doctor had been pressured by CNN to retract his statement.
“CNN is so supportive of Clinton, network honchos acted like the Mafia when confronting Drew,” a source told me. “First, they demanded he retract his comments, but he wouldn’t.”
What followed was a series of nasty phone calls and emails. “It was downright scary and creepy,” a source close to Pinsky said.
Our editorial staff, always ready with the witticisms, observed at the time that at least Dr. Pinsky didn’t die mysteriously.