Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Letters of recommendation you wish you could take back

Have a look at this one by pediatric surgeon Mark Holterman on behalf of Paolo Macchiarini back in 2014, before Macchiarini was exposed as a pathological liar. The whole thing is filled with breathless hyperbole, but here is my favorite part:

"When Pope John Paul II was dying and having trouble breathing from advanced Parkinson’s  Disease, Professor Macchiarini was called in to provide an urgent consultation for the pontiff.  The decision to not perform an urgent tracheostomy was jointly made between the doctor and his Holy patient. When Professor Macchiarini renders an opinion on all things involving the diseased airway, people listen.  He remains among the world’s elite airway surgeons."

HT @schneiderleonid

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