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Humpty Dumpty’s Language Lesson. Dr. Husel found not guilty in 14 counts of murder.

by | Apr 29, 2022

Editor’s note. The following article was published by the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization (HALO) and reposted at Euthanasia Prevention. It is excerpted.

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that is all.” (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland)

Words matter. In the article “Jury Finds Dr. William Husel NOT Guilty on All 14 Counts of Murder”, we learn that, after deliberating for five days, the jury found former physician William Husel not guilty on charges of overdosing patients with fentanyl and benzodiazepines because he was purportedly providing “comfort care”. Even though the doses of these drugs were determined to be lethal, the defense had claimed he did not have “intent” to kill.

“And, so it goes… patients having their already fragile lives shortened with blatantly high doses of controlled substances beyond the standards of practice, while the professionals who order and administer these doses hide behind this concept of ‘comfort care’. We know it goes on in hospices around the country. And this verdict welcomes more of it,” stated HALO advisor Cristen Krebs, DNP [Doctor of Nursing Practice], ANP-BC [Adult Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified].

The words we use — and how we use them — make a difference. Calling murder “comfort care” makes evil appear good. Humpty Dumpty-style language manipulation is an effective strategy for marketing the culture of death. ….

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