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Recent Unsubstantiated Topic Regarding Dr. Feller and Dr. Bloxam

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While it may be unpopular to close or remove topics, we have a good reason for removing the recent topic started by forum member "professor". While we try as hard as possible to be transparent, we also believe in accountability. Just as this community holds physicians accountable for their actions, forum members must be held accountable for their posts. Thus, when "Professor" made a number of unsubstantiated claims and then decided to delete them rather than validate them, he made an active decision to retract his statements. It is clear that he did not want to be held accountable for his statements and in addition, he rendered the topic nonsensical since his original statements have been removed.


What's worse, "professor" threatened physical violence which warrants the entire topic to be removed.


Had the forum member decided to back up his claims with proof,and not made statements of violence, we would have let the thread run its course and asked Dr. Feller and Dr. Bloxam to respond to his accusations.


For some reason, there are a handful of members who'd rather look for conspiracies and feel that the publishers are being secretive and trying to protect unfair trade and unethical practices. That's not true at all. What is true however, is that we will do what we think is right. Sometimes, we will act in favor of the patient and sometimes we will act in favor of the physician. It all depends on what's right.


Too often do members of this forum want to protect the anonymous member simply because he claims to be a patient and claims a physician has done something unethical. And while patients can identify with other patients more than physicians, I think most members are smart enough to see through someone's intentions and know when someone is unfairly maligning another member, whether it be a surgeon or a patient.


In this case, it's quite obvious that forum member "professor" was unfairly maligning Dr. Feller and Dr. Bloxam and when asked to substantiate their claims, chose to remove their comments. Thus, the only fair thing to do in this case is to close and remove the topic.


For those who still think this is unfair and want to discuss this further, you are welcome to send me or Dave a private message so we can discuss it further. However, we will not be discussing this publicly any further.


Thank you for your understanding,



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