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Dr. Yelland and Sgt. Bracken:  Planted Evidence

Writing History Ahead of Time

Georgena S. Sil
Saskatoon, Canada
Physicist & Technical Writer
Alumnus: University of British Columbia
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Dr. David Kendler

Vancouver, Canada

Due to a shortage of endocrinologists in Saskatoon, the College of Physicians and Surgeons suggested I go out of province. Saskatchewan Health agreed to cover the cost.

I chose Dr. Kendler of Vancouver. My first appointment was productive. The consultation report was packed with technical ideas for diagnostics and treatment. Dr. Kendler felt Saskatoon should not just palliate symptoms year after year, but instead treat the underlying disease process. Dr. Kendler offered to coordinate my overall care long-distance, while I returned home to Saskatoon.

In reply to Kendler, Dr. Yelland wrote a vague letter filled with emotion and rage, ending with, ‘Sil is disenchanted with medical care in Saskatoon’. That may not sound foul, until you know how MDs interpret such comments: it makes the patient appear ‘difficult.’

Dr. Kendler, true to his scientist nature, asked Yelland to provide just the medical facts. Yelland continued to obstruct.

Dr. Kendler wrote a final letter saying, ‘There is no need for this patient to return.’

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