Submission request: Dr. Russell witch-hunt

Following submission request received July 20.

Clarion-ledger Doctor witch-hunt two Sunday front pages I accidently posted after my Jeff Bower story you have a great forum keep it up AP Submission.

David Hampton and Jean Harris asked permission and printed defense of second doctor but have not printed this yet in Ledger. Dr. Russell is the most famous doctor in the state and deserves a defense. Thank you this is already printed accidentally in sports section, you have permission to post in appropriate section if you choose. Thank you  They attacked him two times on Sunday front page and it is a big and important story on mebtal health statewide. Thanking you sincerely, Dale Crowson

Subject: Jackson Dr. Russell witch-hunt from a voice in the wilderness: defense case against Clarion-ledger articles
The recent Clarion-Ledger biased article on Dr. Stanley Russell, filled with hear-say, is a one-sided prosecution without defense. No one wants to hear the defense counsel before rendering a verdict. I have known him for 36 years and that was a witch-hunt. Care to hear the truth? For over 50 years he traveled Mississippi, providing the only mental health care to tens of thousands, working 5, 6 days weekly, even holidays. With passion, he has treated prisoners, low- income, severe and unwanted patients, as an expert in mental and physical illness. We house millions of mentally ill in jails and many less in mental facilities. The Hippocratic oath, “First do no harm”, includes ease of suffering. Mental and physical pain trigger each other. Families commonly interfere with mental care. Statements from parents of grown adults are questionable. Doctors may not breech confidentiality. Quotes from persons with no knowledge of health care and unsubstantiated “guesses” could be explained by many things; other doctors, suicide, etc. A doctor can treat, not follow patients home. One lies, abuses and 9 improve, many saved. Who will judge? Where’s the article on illicit drugs, associated crime, and the worst drug in America, Alcohol? A few alleged infractions mentioned, but what of thousands helped? Dr. Russell treats every patient based on his faith and skill. There are explanations for the things Russell was cited for. 1 in 4 Mississippians will be diagnosed with severe mental illness. Think hard before jumping on this bandwagon driving the Dr. Russells away; doctors unafraid to use years of skill easing human suffering. In 2007, after 20 years, he left his Jackson office because some of his patients had tatoos, and looked different, scaring off higher income well-insured patients. Remember; “They who are well need not a physician, but rather those who are sick.” What of 20-year patients dependant on him, insurance or not? Is it poss ible he met a few until he could find an office? Is charging a small fee to treat the poor in return for treatment and a receipt wrong. A question was asked; “… is the public sufficiently protected?” Region 8, the best mental health region in the state, feels safe, and so should you. Ask thousands he has helped; prisoners, low-income, unwanted and severe cases. Has he ever made a mistake? You who’ve dedicated long lives in loving service to your fellow man without a mistake… you toss that first rock……….                              , Dale Crowson 410 Forest Lake Rd. #3D Brandon, Ms . 39042 601-825-5046

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