The amount of energy and time utilized in writing a 4 page e-mail to me could have been more fruitfully served by writing a letter to 1500 or more dermatologists in the major cities in each state–“succinctly requesting their duty bound aid in helping severely distressed and mostly non-functioning eczematous patients who have been mistreated and over treated with steroids.” In addition stating “You are trying to amass a list of caring dermatologists who would treat these patients without steroids and help them begin life again.” And, you can tell them “that the patients have insurance and will pay for their care.” This should have been done a long time ago,
The anger expressed towards my approach in Facebook posts by ITSAN board members is totally misdirected. Why not use the power of the ITSAN board to compose a letter that at least 500 members would immediately write and send to the President of the American Academy of Dermatology – stating “that he has received a “White Paper” from Dr Rapaport” and each individual member is requesting a different approach to their medical care asking for his his authority and power to intervene in the care of suffering patients.
I set up ITSAN with my research, my publications, my videos, my teleconferences, my energy and my funding. The intent was to help all patients find medical care and get well. I have addressed the concept of “Suffering” a few times on my website – all patients no matter what the disease suffer. This physical and psychological need is handled by the caring physician. An endless array of testimonials and wrong-headed self cures helps only the writer and only for a short time. You have the power of numbers – have in fact a thousand members write — use that power appropriately and let us put an end to this travesty.
Marvin Rapaport MD