|From: Richard Straus - security at Motorola
Date: 18 Jul 2003
I have seen Dr. Leonard on and off for over ten years. He is caring and thorough, but most importantly, he produces results! The primary reason that I have come to Dr. Leonard was regarding head aches. Some headache patterns were almost debilitating, to the point I felt my quality of life was severely impacted. Over the years he has run numerous diagnostic tests. We did an EEG early on, years later did a couple of MRI's one with dye. One of those tests revealed some degeneration of a neck vertebrae.
Dr. Leonard provided positive results with a number of different treatments. Many times he has injected a medication into the base of my skull which often reduced headaches for long periods of times. Another visit he injected botulinum toxin into the temple area of my skull and completed eradicated a headache pattern that had persisted intermittently for over a year! Dr. Leonard has prescribed medications and a certain neck related physical therapy which have produced results.
Dr. Leonard spends time with me, talks to me, is understanding and encouraging. I feel he truly cares about his patients, getting the right diagnoses and treatment.
Regarding the allegations that Dr. Leonard is now facing, I attended several days of testimony from the alleged victims to the medical review board. Hearing the same testimony, it is incredible that this board temporarily suspended his license, before a court trial! The witnesses had criminal backgrounds, prostitutes, drug abusers, etc. But most notable in my observation was a lack of consistent testimony, fluctuations in stories, and that the allegations were that he had "rubbed" against them during an office visit. Although I never recall Dr. Leonard getting that close during my office visits, I must say that probably 50% of the office visits of other medical professionals that have ever examined me have "rubbed" against me. It seems that an examination is a physical contact activity. Most of the time when the doctor is simply looking in your eyes and ears, they are very, very close. Rubbing against me. The interpretation by the patient is what then comes into question. I have never interpreted a medical professional that was attempting to examine or treat me, in an effort to help me feel better, as some type of sexual advance. It is part of medicine. If interpreted in the manner that Dr. Leonard's accusers have done, I would speculate that I could accuse about half of the medical profession I have ever known. Another striking point, in my opinion, was that the collection of female accusers appeared to be potentially, psychologically desperate for male attention. These women were not confident, physically attractive women. But I suspect that many are desperate to believe that a man finds them desirable, especially a successful medical doctor. It appeared to be fantasies of interpretation by these patients that seemed to have low self esteem. One poor soul, a fourtyish female that had some very pronounced degeneration of brain function, even stated that she had dated or had sex with another doctor, her psychiatrist. I did feel some sympathy for her, as she was so debilitated.
Most extremely intelligent, educated, young and attractive women would have a difficult time attracting the amorous attention of one, let alone two doctors. Yet this poor woman, whom one could barely understand, claims to have attracted the attention of two doctors. It simply was not convincing, unbelievable.
In addition, I believe my wife has seen Dr. Leonard some years ago and I referred my mother to him believe she was referred by her GP to someone else. I am convinced that the case against Dr. Philip Leonard will be found without merit.
Fom: Richard Straus - security at Motorola
Date: 18 Jul 2003
Dr. Leonard is the BEST. The charges are without merit.
I personally attended 3 different days of testimony and am shocked at the decision of the medical review board. In addition, the behavior of the Hispanic review board member toward the observers was hostile, rude and unprofessional.
I am amazed the our government allows personalities such as this to sit on such an important board. His behavior was disgraceful. He was especially prejudiced in this case, but all three obviously have no idea what an open mind is, nor the investigative techniques to properly analyze the obviously questionable and skewed testimony of some witnesses.
Finally, the revocation of the license before a trial is simply unthinkable.