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Dr. William Hammesfahr
Dr. William Hammesfahr

William Hammesfahr is an American neurologist practising in Clearwater, Florida, who specializes in treating stroke victims. He is best known for his involvement in the Terri Schiavo case, during which he examined Schiavo and testified on behalf of her parents. Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... Neurology is the branch of medicine that deals with the nervous system and disorders affecting it. ... 1st incorporation date 1891 2nd Incorporation date 1915 Zip Codes 33755-65 County Pinellas (county seat) Mayor Frank Hibbard Population  - City (2004)  - Tampa Bay Metro   108,606 2,600,000 (estimate) Time zone Eastern: UTC-5 Latitude Longitude 27°58 N 82°46 W City of Clearwaters Official Website... A stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA) occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is suddenly interrupted by occlusion (an ischemic stroke- approximately 90% of strokes), by hemorrhage (a hemorrhagic stroke - less than 10% of strokes) or other causes. ... Theresa Marie Terri Schiavo (December 3, 1963 – March 31, 2005) was a woman from St. ...


For stroke victims, Hammesfahr recommends aggressive treatment with drugs to open constricted blood vessels and improve blood flow to the affected areas of the brain. He also advocates using Transcranial Doppler testing (TCD) to monitor patients' progress, which involves using sound waves to measure the speed of blood flow through the brain. The concept of dilating blood vessels to treat strokes is not widely accepted by the medical community. Hammesfahr's research is not published in peer-reviewed journals, but in Lifelines, a medical journal hosted on his own website, Medforum. The arterial system The blood vessels are part of the circulatory system and function to transport blood throughout the body. ... Blood flow is the flow of blood in the cardiovascular system. ... Comparative brain sizes In the anatomy of animals, the brain, or encephalon (Greek for in the head), is the higher, supervisory center of the nervous system. ... A schematic representation of hearing. ... Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are present in the blood and help carry oxygen to the rest of the cells in the body Blood is a circulating tissue composed of fluid plasma and cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets). ...


In 2003, Florida's Board of Medicine accused him of "performing medical treatment below the standard of care, engaging in false advertising concerning his treatment of strokes, and exploiting a patient for financial gain." [1] (pdf) The board cleared him of the first two charges, but found that he had charged a patient for treatment she did not receive. The board's decision was overturned by the Florida Court of Appeal on March 26, 2004, which cleared Dr. Hammesfahr of the remaining charge. State nickname: Sunshine State Other U.S. States Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville (largest metropolitan area is Miami) Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Official language(s) English Area 170,451 km² (22nd)  - Land 137,374 km²  - Water 30,486 km² (17. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Education

Hammesfahr obtained his M.D. in 1982 from Northwestern University and completed his residency training at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. The Medicinæ Doctor or Doctor of Medicine (M.D. or D.M.) is a an degree held by medical doctors. ... Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university, located in Evanston, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois. ... The Medical College of Virginia was the name of the medical school that merged with the Richmond Professional Institute to form Virginia Commonwealth University. ...


Terri Schiavo

He became the subject of public controversy in 2002 when he examined Terri Schiavo, the woman at the center of a debate in the United States about euthanasia. Testifying on behalf of Schiavo's parents, Hammesfahr told a court that, contrary to majority medical opinion, which stated that Schiavo was in an irreversible persistent vegetative state, she was in a minimally conscious state and might recover. He testifed that his treatment might improve her to the point of being able to communicate, [2] a statement not regarded as credible by the other neurologists involved in the case. Look up Controversy on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A controversy is a contentious dispute, a disagreement in opinions over which parties are actively arguing. ... Theresa Marie Terri Schiavo (December 3, 1963 – March 31, 2005) was a woman from St. ... Euthanasia (Greek: ευθανασία - ευ good, θανατος death) is the practice of killing a person or animal, in a painless or minimally painful way, for merciful reasons, usually to end their suffering. ... A persistent vegetative state (PVS) is a condition of patients with severe brain damage in whom coma has progressed to a state of wakefulness without detectable awareness. ... A minimally conscious state (MCS) is a condition distinct from coma or the vegetative state, in which a patient exhibits deliberate, or cognitively mediated, behavior often enough, or consistently enough, for clinicians to be able to distinguish it from entirely unconscious, reflexive responses. ...


Nobel-prize controversy

During the Schiavo hearings, Hammesfahr was criticized for saying he had been nominated for a Nobel Prize in medicine. He testified in 2002 that U.S. Representative Michael Bilirakis (R-FL) had nominated him. While this was true, [3] Bilirakis was not in fact eligible to nominate Hammesfahr, according to Nobel rules. Despite this, on March 21, 2005, during interviews about Schiavo on Fox News and MSNBC, Hammesfahr was billed as "nominated for the Nobel Prize" several times by hosts Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough. [4] Pat Robertson also introduced Hammesfahr on The 700 Club as a "Nobel Prize winner". [5] Sir Edward Appletons medal Photographs of Nobel Prize Medals. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the Senate. ... Rep. ... Sir Edward Appletons medal Photographs of Nobel Prize Medals. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fox News Channels slogan is We Report, You Decide The Fox News Channel is a U.S. cable and satellite news channel. ... MSNBC logo MSNBC (a grammatical blend of MSN and NBC) is a 24-hour cable news channel in the United States. ... Sean Hannity. ... Joe Scarborough Charles Joseph Scarborough (born April 9, 1963) is the host of the program Scarborough Country on MSNBC and has served in the United States House of Representatives, from 1995 to 2001, as a Republican from Florida. ... Pat Robertson Marion Gordon Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is an American Christian televangelist, entrepreneur, and Christian right political activist. ... The on-air personalities of The 700 Club The 700 Club is a Christian news and talk show hosted by Pat Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen, airing on cables ABC Family and in syndication throughout the United States and Canada. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
Interview With Dr. Hammesfahr: Startling Revelations (3145 words)
Hammesfahr stated that the type of injury and clinical condition Terri had at the time of her collapse could be explained by a possible strangulation attempt and/or an insulin injection combined with some form of attack or trauma.
Hammesfahr stated that the broken bones could NOT be explained by any form of bone disease, that these were ABSOLUTELY broken bones and that it must have been done through trauma, injury to her.
Hammesfahr revealed that in the early years, Terri had had a very small device surgically implanted into her brain to provide therapeutic very low dosages of electrical stimulation to the brain, which could help Terri, and which DID help Terri when it was first started.
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