The Advocates 8-13-08


“The Advocates”


Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio
1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

August 13, 2008

All archived Shows at:

Wednesday, August 13,
2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM, or you can
listen to the program’s live streaming at  One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to
reach us on the radio.  Our guest today
is the renowned physician Dr. Harry S. Goldsmith, who is the author of the medical/mystery,
“A Conspiracy of Silence, the Health and Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Harry S.
Goldsmith, M.D., is a renowned practicing surgeon who has invented many
innovative surgical procedures, including those that help victims of spinal
cord injuries and Alzheimer's.

He is a
graduate of Dartmouth
College, and the Boston
University School of Medicine. In his fifty years of practice he has been the
recipient of numerous fellowships, served in the United States Army in Korea as a
Captain, and is a member of many organizations and societies. He is the author
of 225 scholarly medical papers on subjects that vary from cancer to arterial

Goldsmith is also a devoted medical history buff and in “A Conspiracy of
Silence” takes the reader inside that critical moment in time when
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for an unprecedented fourth
term during World War II. Although there were rumors about his declining health
and telling photos of him at Yalta,
his true medical condition was kept secret. His Vice-president, Henry Wallace,
was popular with the people and a longtime personal friend, but behind the
scenes, Democratic insiders, largely unknown to the general public were
conspiring to drop him from the ticket. Their heavy-handed manipulation of the
1944 convention ultimately led to the nomination of Harry Truman in his stead.
One wonders if they ever realized how their own actions forever changed the
face of America.

Goldsmith's interest in FDR's medical records began in 1963. Years later, he
started looking for them and found at every twist and turn they had been
destroyed or lost. By 1984 he himself was embroiled in a drawn out court battle
for a medical document denied to its legal owner. Even with the backing of FDR's
son, James, the original document was never released. What was the motivation
of all these people, by what right did they take it upon themselves to keep or
destroy historical papers even decades after FDR's death?

Meanwhile, the
mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current
“public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation
legally and traditionally follow. Over the years, the “public policy” of the United States
has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public
education” is the public policy of the United States. Also, over time
great struggles have ensued over the control of the direction of “public
policy” For example: free trade vs. protectionism, slavery vs. emancipation,
state’s rights vs. Federalism, and an all-volunteer armed forces or the

The Program is
sponsored by the Green Briar Adult Home, in Millbrook, Dutchess County, NY.
One can find my essays on FDR and other subjects at
and one can also see and hear all of the archived shows at:  Next week we will be discussing “Enhancing
Intelligence; Expanding Understanding,” with Robert J. Flower, Ph.D., the
author of “Your Exceptional Mind.”

Richard J. Garfunkel







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