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"A Caring World"? - My father's history of abusing colleagues

by Peter M. Heimlich


The first stumbling steps to a caring world have been taken. It is important that we spread the word throughout the world that, for the first time, A Caring World is possible. When all are conscious of the benefits that can result for all peoples from caring, it will be possible to accomplish that end. We must demand that caring continues to disseminate throughout the world; a meaningful sense of values must be established. Caring individuals must be the role models for all people, but especially for the young. The media should deliberately spread the pictures and words of those doing caring acts for others internationally, as is now done for athletes, entertainers and politicians. Nothing is more important for the survival of humanity from this day forward. True happiness results from giving of yourself for others. Have you done a caring act lately? - Henry J. Heimlich MD via the Heimlich Institute website:


From personal correspondence:

I chaired the 1986 American Heart Association CPR Guidelines Conference panel on near-drowning. Dr. Heimlich was on the panel and was quite cordial until after the meeting when, after ALL of the other panelists felt that there was insufficient evidence to recommend his maneuver first ahead of MTM ventilation. (It was added for cases where particulate matter was suspected to be in the airway or if MTM failed). At that point, he viciously attacked ME (even though I was totally neutral and just interested in the data). He got really angry when I pressed him to produce references for studies he was citing that, despite a great deal of library work on my part, could simply not be found.

He wrote to my University president, dean, and about a dozen others accusing me of everything under the sun. As a brand new, junior faculty member, that created a major problem which, fortunately, once reviewed locally, went away as my superiors realized that I had done nothing wrong.

I believe that Dr. Heimlich may have tried the same tactics with Dr. Linda Quan, Dr. Richard Melker, Dr. Jerome Modell, and even Dr. Roger White. There was clearly a pattern to his behavior.

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP
Professor & Chairman, Dept of Emergency Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Richmond, VA

From Doctors Choke on Other Use for Heimlich Maneuver by Natalie Gagliordi, The Oracle, October 1, 2007:

"Most people don't know that my father cultivated a reputation in the medical profession as someone who would relentlessly attack other doctors," Peter (Heimlich) said. "He'd write letters to people's bosses demanding they be fired and would hint at pending lawsuits. After writing directly to Dr. Heimlich and publishing his article in JAMA, (Dr. James) Orlowski witnessed the wrath first hand. "He began accusing me of all kinds of unethical behavior," Orlowski said. "Basically he tried to make my life as miserable as possible."

From The Heimlich Manoeuvre by Aviva Ziegler, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, July 27, 2009:

In response to the article I wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dr Heimlich, rather than replying in a letter to the editor, which is the way most scientists would do it, instead tried to attack me personally, tried to actually get me fired from my institution - James Orlowski MD

From Off the Deep End by Curt Guyette, Detroit Metro Times, 12/8/04:

“Heimlich went nuts,” Ornato says. Among other things, Heimlich wrote to officials at the Medical College of Virginia, where Ornato had just joined the faculty. “He almost got me fired,” Ornato says. “The things he was saying about me were really slanderous.”

Linda Quan MD: “(Dr. Heimlich) went to my university and accused me of scientific misconduct. Basically he said I hadn’t used good science. They did an investigation and cleared me of any wrongdoing."

From an April 19, 2006 public letter by Charles W. Guildner MD (via The Wayback Machine):

When I first learned of Dr. Heimlich’s proposal of the maneuver for relieving choking sometime around 1973 or 1974, I was a consultant to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) Committee and active in research in the area of emergency airway management. I am an Anesthesiologist and was, at the time, in practice in Everett, Washington. Having been interested in resuscitation for many years, I was excited about Dr. Heimlich’s proposal. Creating an “artificial cough” made a lot of sense to me.

Because Dr. Heimlich used dogs for his experiments and since the dog has a much different anatomical configuration compared with the human, I proposed to the ECC my idea of a study on human volunteers and was encouraged to proceed. I think there was an overall excitement over the “Heimlich” concept.

I contacted Dr. Heimlich to review with him, the exact procedure as he conceived it. He was excited about my study and was, at first, very cooperative and encouraging. He asked that I let him know of the results of this study as soon as possible as he had a lecture to give in the near future, wanting to know of results of my study. While designing the protocol for this study, I decided to make a comparison between applying the “thrust” to the upper abdomen (Heimlich) and applying the “thrust” to the mid chest. We measured peak pressures and volumes created by the different maneuvers in six anesthetized human volunteers.

What became evident was that greater peak pressures, flows and volumes of air moved resulted with the “Chest Thrust” than with the “Abdominal Thrust” (Heimlich). I reported this to Dr. Heimlich. He went ballistic, nasty. His personality changed completely. I was shocked and amazed. My amazement and shock was only beginning. He immediately filed unethical medical practices against me with the American Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Washington State Medical Association, my local hospitals, the American Heart Association and there may have been others. Dr. Heimlich made my life a wreck for two years while all of the investigations and name calling continued....I was completely exonerated.

From Heimlich Maneuver by Patricia Murphy, KUOW Public Radio, December 7, 2007:

It's so repugnant to me the way Dr. Heimlich has bullied..He's a bully and he has bullied people into submission - Charles W. Guildner MD




 

 

 
 
 
 
 




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