"Prime Example" tells the story of the State of New York
Department of Health versus Warren M Levin, MD. In the late 1980s
the Commissioner of Health of New York was a very brilliant and
morbidly depressed individual who suddenly got the idea to rid the
state of all of those alternative doctors! He chose Warren Levin, a
board-certified family doctor and the son of a doctor. Dr. Levin''s
practice had never received a complaint from any patient and he had
never been sued on the day that the state served a small telephone
book sized set of charges against him. Basically, they asserted
that everything he did from morning till night in every day of his
practice was unprofessional conduct. The state brought in a very,
very zealous witness who had an MD and a JD and was a
self-professed quack buster. He spent much of his time testifying
against physicians and testified before many government bodies
including the U.S. Congress where he specifically mentioned Dr.
Levin as a quack on several occasions.
The Levin defense brought in an extraordinary compliment of
witnesses on his behalf. Among them was Linus Pauling, PhD, with
almost 50 honorary MD''s and PhD''s. He was at the time he
testified and remains the only human being to have received two
individual Nobel prizes.
There were many others, many of them tops in their fields with
hefty titles and accomplishments who testified for Levin and much
of that testimony is referred to and/or excerpted in "Prime
Example". Since the administrative law judge, the prosecutor and
the three members of the panel sitting as a mini jury were more
beholden to and selected by the Commissioner of Health. Levin knew
that no matter what Harris did for him he was going to lose. His
hope was that Harris would make a good record which could be
presented to the Regents who usually saw the truth for what it was.
In the end that''s exactly the way it played out and Dr. Levin is
still practicing medicine today for the lucky patients of northern
Virginia. The state simply could not make him, it''s "Prime