Fires Off a Discharge Summary for Harry Whittington

Share Article has completed its discharge summary for the man shot by Vice President Cheney. The website for doctors delivers a realistic and sobering account of the medical therapy endured by the Austin lawyer. has completed its discharge summary for the lawyer sprayed by Vice President Cheney. It has been a long week of accusations, speculations, and apologies (even on the part of the shootee), culminating finally with a press conference at which bespeckled and bruised lawyer Harry Whittington thanked his medical staff.

If you read the Associated Press reports and the newspaper accounts of Harry Whittington’s hospitalization, one would think that what he went through was no more obtrusive than an outpatient office visit. writers beg to differ -- they have used the sparse details that were released and filled in the spaces between the lines. The numerous medications, imaging studies, and procedures endured by Mr.Whittington may shed a new light on how serious Cheney’s poor aim really was.

Harry Whittington bravely stood in front of the international media and apologized to Vice President Cheney for the difficult week that Old Dick had to endure. But as points out, even the most conservative treatment and evaluative testing had to be quite taxing for a lawyer approaching 80, who was just looking for a relaxing weekend. The pressed suit, combed hair, and brave stature of Whttington camouflages what clearly appears to be a patient in visitors’ clothing. Put a hospital gown on him and your perspective would seem quite different.

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