Antivaccine nonsense Autism Complementary and alternative medicine Medicine Quackery

Be afraid, be very, very afraid, people of Butler County, PA…

…because Dr. Roy Kerry, the negligent physician who killed an autistic child with chelation therapy and against whom criminal charges were dropped yesterday, wants to go back to work:

Dr. Roy Kerry, 70, of Sharpsville, read from a prepared statement today at the Butler offices of his attorney, Al Lindsay, but would not answer questions on the advice of his other lawyers. Kerry still faces a civil suit over the death of Abubaker Tariq Nadama, and a hearing on the future of his medical license.

“I plan to continue my life’s work helping many patients with serious illnesses with the highest quality of advanced integrative medical care that I can offer,” Kerry said.

The very sad thing is that, like Dr. Rashid Buttar, I’m reluctantly betting that Dr. Kerry will probably manage to do just that without much interference from the State of Pennsylvania. (Go back to work, that is; not help any patients or provide anything hear the “highest quality” of care, “conventional” or “integrative.” He’s already proven that he’s incapable of providing high quality “integrative” care, given that he can’t even give chelation therapy reasonably safely.) Let’s really, really hope that Pennsylvania’s medical board acts quickly and strips Dr. Kerry of his license or that he’s forced to settle the malpractice suit against him for such a high sum of money that he becomes uninsurable. Of course, if that happens, then Arizona might be the next state to have to worry about Dr. Kerry. A few weeks of “training,” and he’d be good to go as a “homeopath” there.

One line of this story caught my eye though:

District Attorney Richard Goldinger said he asked the court Tuesday for permission to drop charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment against Kerry after new evidence was presented by his defense. He did not specify what information lead to the decision.

I really, really would love to know what that “new” evidence is. How much does anyone want to bet that antivaccinationists will somehow try to link mitochondrial disorders to Tariq’s death, based on the Hannah Poling case?

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

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