Jihadists in White Coats

In his 2008 book Jihad and American Medicine, Dr. Adam Frederic Dorin considers what “thinking like a terrorist” would entail in terms of attacks on our healthcare system. According to the blurb “Dr. Dorin’s unique book offers the first in-depth exposé and loud alert to the risks and gaping weak spots in our healthcare system.” Dr. Dorin asks “[i]sn’t it odd that in our post-9/11 world we should choose to ignore facts that implicate the extremely lax degree of security in American medical institutions? Do we really believe that our suppression of reality — and our state of indifference — will protect us from attack against relatively helpless victims in hospitals, surgery centers, and other health care facilities?” Dr. Dorin asserts that the title of his book was “chosen carefully, because the battle waged by extremists (who would like nothing better than to lay ruin to our freedoms) is moving our way. It is only a matter of time before our homeland is struck again; it is only a matter of time before American medical facilities are targeted.”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Many terrorists in the UK were either medical students or residents.
    Mohammid Asha of the 2007 bombing attempt comes to mind.

  • Brett_McS

    I just finished reading the excellent thriller “I am Pilgrim” (highly recommended) which is based on the story of a Jihadi doctor attacking the US through the medical system in a way that would, if successful, destroy the whole country. Nothing in the book is at all far-fetched.

    • disqusW6sf

      I wonder how some get through the ethics section when they want to do research.

  • John Boy

    If you go into the hospital and have surgery by one of “the faithful” and come out worse than you went in you have to wonder if it was as they claim “complications”, poor training, or is it perhaps a new form of Jihad?

  • The Butterfly

    For a second there I thought the headline read “Jihadists in White Goats” and it brought back so many horrible memories.

  • Alain

    Isn’t this the area our very own Omar will be working in? Yes, I thought so.