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Catfish and Cod
Sunday, August 03, 2003
The sound you hear is the system working.
(Link path: The Grey Lady, free and pointless registration required)

The Grey Lady seems suspicious that surgical procedures aren't put under FDA approval. It's true, they aren't. But surgery isn't pharmacology. It's cutting and pasting, a quite straightforward system for fixing what ails ye. (It's also the most invasive, traumatic, and dangerous, but then you can't have it all.) If a large set of qualified surgeons oversee animal experimentation, all appears well, and (most important) the patient and his/her family are fully informed, the testing system should proceed pretty much as described.

In case anyone wonders why I went into this profession, this is one of the reasons. In this business, your inventions can save lives.