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Ebbitt's on our side

November 04, 2002

Ebbitt's on our side



To the editor:


My family moved to Shepherdstown in 1946 - when I was one year old. My father had just completed his U.S. Army service in the World War in Europe. He set up his medical practice on German Street in what is now the Outback Basics store. We only lived here for six years then, but I remember with great fondness my early years in Shepherdstown. Moving back to Shepherdstown last year was like "coming home."

While the best things of Shepherdstown have not changed much over the past 55 years, the practice of medicine has changed dramatically. My father loved practicing here, and many of his patients have reminded me of his dedication and kindness. I regret terribly that I will not be able to experience the joy he found in practicing here.

A small number of people have decided that a physician's practice and his entire career can and should be severely damaged or even destroyed whenever a patient experiences anything less than an ideal outcome following any medical or surgical treatment. West Virginia badly needs tort reform for malpractice, and to do this we must elect representatives who understand the problems and their solutions.

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Dr. Dave Ebbitt is on the side of his patients and all the patients of our district. What he lacks in legislative experience, he more than makes up for with his impassioned efforts to make things better. We can all see where "legislative experience" has led us. Now it is time to change and to make things better. You, our patients, deserve nothing less.

John W. Aldis, M.D.

AAFP, MPH and Tropical Medicine

Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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