Friday, March 25, 2005

Dr. William Hammesfahr is a quack, it is beyound doubt

Dubious doctor touted as Nobel Prize nominee by Hannity, Scarborough

Fox News host Sean Hannity and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough both promoted Dr. William Hammesfahr’s false claim that he is a Nobel Prize nominee.

Hammesfahr, a Florida neurologist disciplined in 2003 by the Florida Board of Medicine who claims he can help Terri Schiavo, testified during an October 2002 court hearing on the Schiavo case that his claim to be a Nobel nominee is based on a letter written by Rep. Mike Bilirakis (R-FL) recommending him for the prize. But Bilirakis is not qualified to make a valid nomination under the Nobel rules.

According to the process posted on the Nobel Prize website, the Nobel Assembly sends out invitations to approximately 3,000 people who are allowed to propose candidates. The 3,000 are "mainly members of the Nobel Assembly, previous prize winners, and a selection of professors at universities around the world."

Read more about the "Nobel Prize nominee" Dr. Hammesfahr here.

More about the Schiavo "Nobel Prize Nominated" Doctor

NewsMax reports that Dr. William Hammesfahr "believes that Terri Schiavo can recover with proper treatment." NewsMax – along with FOX, MSNBC, the National Review and Dr. Hammesfahr’s website – indicates that he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1999.

… if he had been truly nominated – he would be violating fundamental Nobel Foundation principles to say that. The 50 year vow of silence is up in 2049. But wait. There’s more.

The Tampa Tribune reported in 2003 that the Nobel Prize nomination was a letter written by Hammesfahr's Congressman to the Nobel committee. The Nobel Prize website articulates the nomination procedure: a letter from a Congressman isn’t on the list. Does the Nobel Committee consider these "informal" nominations? In a word: no. (and a nod to News Hounds) The Florida court found Hammesfahr’s 2002 testimony in the Schiavo case to be anecdotal. A quick review of the handful of published research on his web site makes that judgment abundantly clear. It reminds me of the "doctor-by-mail-order" materials that land by the truckload in my parents’ mailbox each month.

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