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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] This is an automated compilation of submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org Articles for inclusion in this daily news mailing should be sent to email@example.com. Please include a full reference to the source of the article. Today's Topics: 1. Medical evidence does not support suicide by Kelly (bluepilgrim) 2. UK to lobby Bush for more Iraq work (Rania Masri) --__--__-- Message: 1 Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 00:03:21 -0600 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: bluepilgrim <bluepilgrim@DELETETHISgrics.net> Subject: Medical evidence does not support suicide by Kelly http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4856799-103683,00.html Letters Medical evidence does not support suicide by Kelly Thursday February 12, 2004 The Guardian Since three of us wrote our letter to the Guardian on January 27, questioning whether Dr Kelly's death was suicide, we have received professional support for our view from vascular surgeon Martin Birnstingl, pathologist Dr Peter Fletcher, and consultant in public health Dr Andrew Rouse. We all agree that it is highly improbable that the primary cause of Dr Kelly's death was haemorrhage from transection of a single ulnar artery, as stated by Brian Hutton in his report. On February 10, Dr Rouse wrote to the BMJ explaining that he and his colleague, Yaser Adi, had spent 100 hours preparing a report, Hutton, Kelly and the Missing Epidemiology. They concluded that "the identified evidence does not support the view that wrist-slash deaths are common (or indeed possible)". While Professor Chris Milroy, in a letter to the BMJ, responded, "unlikely does not make it impossible", Dr Rouse replied: "Before most of us will be prepared to accept wristslashing ... as a satisfactory and credible explanation for a death, we will also require evidence that such aetiologies are likely; not merely 'possible'. " Our criticism of the Hutton report is that its verdict of "suicide" is an inappropriate finding. To bleed to death from a transected artery goes against classical medical teaching, which is that a transected artery retracts, narrows, clots and stops bleeding within minutes. Even if a person continues to bleed, the body compensates for the loss of blood through vasoconstriction (closing down of non-essential arteries). This allows a partially exsanguinated individual to live for many hours, even da= ys. Professor Milroy expands on the finding of Dr Nicholas Hunt, the forensic pathologist at the Hutton inquiry - that haemorrhage was the main cause of death (possibly finding it inadequate) - and falls back on the toxicology: "The toxicology showed a significant overdose of co-proxamol. The standard text, Baselt, records deaths with concentrations at 1 mg/l, the concentration found in Kelly." But Dr Allan, the toxicogist in the case, considered this nowhere near toxic. Each of the two components was a third of what is normally considered a fatal level. Professor Milroy then talks of "ischaemic heart disease". But Dr Hunt is explicit that Dr Kelly did not suffer a heart attack. Thus, one must assume that no changes attributable to myocardial ischaemia were actually found at autopsy. We believe the verdict given is in contradiction to medical teaching; is at variance with documented cases of wrist-slash suicides; and does not align itself with the evidence presented at the inquiry. We call for the reopening of the inquest by the coroner, where a jury may be called and evidence taken on oath. Andrew Rouse Public health consultant Searle Sennett Specialist in anaesthesiology David Halpin Specialist in trauma Stephen Frost Specialist in radiology Dr Peter Fletcher Specialist in pathology Martin Birnstingl Specialist in vascular surgery Guardian Unlimited =A9 Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004 --__--__-- Message: 2 From: "Rania Masri" <rania@DELETETHISnc.rr.com> To: <email@example.com> Subject: UK to lobby Bush for more Iraq work Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 14:53:18 -0500 UK to lobby Bush for more Iraq work Friday 13 February 2004, 21:28 Makka Time, 18:28 GMT Al-Jazeera. O'Brien (R) will press the case for UK firms Britain's Trade Minister Mike O'Brien is to lobby=A0the Bush administration over Iraqi reconstruction work for UK companies, amid reports British companies are being passed over. O'Brien will be accompanied by former minister Brian Wilson, who now acts a= s Prime Minister Tony Blair's special representative for trade and reconstruction in Iraq. "They will be pressing the case for British firms in the reconstruction wor= k in Iraq," a government official said, referring to their visit to the US next week. The Guardian newspaper on Friday published what it said were leaked documents indicating frustration within Blair's government about the way contracts have been handed out. UK firms had hoped Britain's role as the United States' main ally in the wa= r would ensure them work. But few have won high-profile primary contracts so far. =A0 Political importance "All ministers in the government who are in frequent touch with their US opposite numbers (need) to ensure that the US administration are in no doub= t about the political importance we attach to UK firms being seen to contribute actively to the reconstruction process," the paper quoted O'Brien as saying in one document= . Last month, Britain's largest engineering services firm Amec failed, in a joint venture with Fluor of the United States, to win a US contract worth u= p to $1.2 billion to refurbish Iraq's oil industry. "Everybody understands the rules of engagement" Brian Wilson, special representative, trade and reconstruction in Iraq Two contracts to rebuild Iraqi oilfields worth a total of $2 billion went t= o a unit of US Vice President Dick Cheney's old firm, Halliburton, and US construction giant Parsons which teamed up with Worley Group of Australia. Then, Wilson said the decision was not entirely surprising but there was more work to compete for.=A0"Everybody understands the rules of engagement = and it is not easy for non-US companies to succeed at that level of contract," he said. The United States is spending far more than any other country on rebuilding Iraq's infrastructure and is racing to allocate $18.6 billion worth of construction and rebuilding projects before a planned 1 July handover of power to the Iraqis. End of casi-news Digest _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk