St. Steven? Saints Alive!

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  • 05/30/2007
Dr. Nissen, it seems, can dish it out. But when it comes to "taking it," that's another thing entirely.

According to the man himself, "While I did spend a sleepless night about this, I'm not backing down."

What's causing Dr. Nissen to lose his zzzzs? An e-mail from an FDA spokesman to reporters challenging Dr. N's motives and credibility.

Yep -- he's losing sleep over a nasty e-mail.

In the correspondance in question, entitled "What are St. Steven's feet made of? Clay, perhaps?," FDA spokesman Doug Arbesfeld forwarded to reporters critical news articles, including an anonymous blog accusing Nissen of playing favorites among drug companies.

It's nice to share, right? Well not if you don't agree with Dr. Nissen.

According to The Man, "I'm a pretty tough guy, but I'll tell you, having this kind of an e-mail that questions my motives, broadcast to the major journalists with whom I work and have established a reputation, is -- it's an outrage."


Dr. Nissen, have you heard this one: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

This from the same guy who says he donates all his consulting fees to charity -- except that the "charity" resides within the American College of Cardiology -- an organization over which he holds tremendous sway. (Although, in fairness, it is certainly not the same as depositing the money into one's own piggy bank.)

As Mark Twain said, "The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane."

An outrage indeed.

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