The Gambit Affair
On July 17, 2007 Gambit, a weekly newspaper in New Orleans, published a cover article entitled “Missing Links,” which featured an interview with me concerning my book, Dr. Mary’s Monkey.
Click here to see Gambit’s “Missing Links” article.
On July 31, 2007 Gambit published a Letter to the Editor from Dr. Alton Ochsner’s son, John Ochsner MD. In this letter he bitterly articulated his indignation over Gambit’s article and railed against me and my book. Ochsner’s loyal son stridently defended his “innocent” father against what he called “false statements” and gilded his father’s lily until it shined. In the process, Ochsner questioned Gambits journalistic practices, and launched into a round of name-calling directed at me and my research. Within his salvo we find words like: “ludicrous, preposterous, and ridiculous.”
On August 6, 2007, I sent my response to Gambit in which I offered Gambits readers a chance to read my chapter length profile of Dr. Alton Ochsner, Sr. for themselves.
Click here for my Letter to the Editor.
Click here for the Dr. O chapter of Dr. Mary’s Monkey
about Dr. Alton Ochsner, Sr.
Much of the information in that chapter came from this book…
by John Wilds and Ira Harkey.
This is the official biography of Dr. Alton Ochsner, Sr., 1896-1981,
published by LSU Press, 1990.
As one would expect from an official biography of a famous surgeon, it chronicles his basics bio facts, his many medical accomplishments, and interviews with those who knew him professionally and socially.
One of the authors is John Wilds a retired
journalist living in
The other author, Ira Harkey won a Pulitzer
Prize as an editor and wrote The Smell of Burning Crosses. He
Beyond the predictable and copious rah-rah, we do find some surprising glimpses of editorial independence:
In the final analysis this is what it is: an official biography with conspicuous omissions, but it is a good place to start to get the basics about the public side of Dr. Alton Ochsner, Sr.’s life.
August 6, 2007