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Medical Mafia threatens to take doctor's license to punish his charitable service


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(NaturalNews) In many regions of America, even in the 21st century, poverty is pandemic, services are few and far between, and people learn to simply make due with what they have.

So it makes sense that Americans who live in these poverty-stricken regions value everything they do have, and that is especially true of medical care -- any medical care.

Such is the case in Edwards, Miss., a small town of about 1,300 in the east-central portion of the state. There, 88-year-old Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum will see you for medical care, even if you don't have a penny to your name.

As reported by The Washington Post, for the past two years the good country doctor has been practicing and working without an office. He says that's no big deal, though, because he's happy to meet patients wherever they are. Sometimes that is in their homes, sometimes a parking lot. Others will meet Landrum on the side of a quiet country highway, or even inside his 2007 Toyota Camry.

As the Post further noted:

The location doesn't matter because Landrum, a World War II veteran who has been in private practice for more than 55 years, believes it's his duty to help anyone who calls on him.

He's run afoul of the bureaucracy

"I've always had a heart for the poor," Landrum told the paper, as he fought to hold back tears. "I grew up poor, and when the doctor would come to us, and he was happy to see us, I pictured myself doing that some day. I try not to ever turn people away -- money or no money -- because that's where the need is."

But all of this may be coming to an end soon -- all because he has run afoul of state bureaucrats.

The doctor told the Post that he's being harangued by the state Board of Medical Licensure to give up his medical license, the same one he's carried proudly in his pocket since the days when Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the Oval Office.

The reason? Landrum says it's because the board doesn't like the fact that he practices out of his car.

Recently, a hearing of the board labeled him "incompetent," a charge which he describes as a catchall -- one that avoids the board having to come up with a specific reason and citing a particular occupational violation. He maintains that he has done nothing wrong and that he does not actively recruit patients -- that he only treats those who have nowhere else to go.

"If you're gong down a highway and somebody is hurt in a car accident, you stop and attend to them," he told the paper. "And if you're in a shopping center and somebody is having a heart attack, you stop and help. It's your duty as a physician, and this is no different."

According to NBC affiliate WLBT, a Board of Medical Licensure investigation has been launched against Landrum. The Post was unable to confirm with the board's executive director, H. Vann Craig, that an investigation was officially underway. In a brief phone interview, Craig said he was not able to publicly comment on "complaints" until or unless "action is taken by the board."

What Craig did do, however, is hide behind the bureaucracy.

"The mission of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure is to protect the public," Craig told the Post.

In fact, say the doctor's many supporters and Landrum himself, he is protecting the public -- by providing medical care to those who otherwise would not have any. In defense of him, his supporters, some of whom are third-generation patients, have begun circulating a petition to call on the state licensure board to allow him to keep his license.

"He's saved a lot of people"

One local resident, Karen Holt, told WLBT that she is happy knowing that Landrum is available.

"There's a lot of poverty in Edwards," she said. "There are many, many people here who do not have transportation to Vicksburg, Clinton, Jackson, and he truly serves a purpose. And there are people who come to him who would not get medical treatment otherwise."

"He's saved a lot of people, you know what I'm saying? I think he should be left alone and steadily serve the people," agreed Cornelius Moriley.

Landrum told the Post that he had initially planned to find another office after operating one out of an apartment in a low-income housing unit for years. But increased gang violence forced him to close it a couple of years ago, when he began using his car instead.

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com

http://www.msnewsnow.com

http://www.nydailynews.com

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