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David

I'm a doctor (and long-time fan of your blog). You raised the question, "why so many doctors who go into politics are Right Wing kooks" and I think I can help you. The doctor's lounge is split politically. Pediatricians, most internists, and other cognitive-based specialists tend to be liberal. They deal in chronic disease and form long-term relationships with the disabled and disadvantaged. In contrast, surgeons and other procedure-based specialties are mostly conservative. They see the body as normal, with isolated pathology that needs to be cut out, and that's sort-of how right wing kooks see politics: as a fight to keep "others" from harming the Great American Way of Life. Going into politics requires a large supply of both ego and money. Thus you see a preponderance of right-wing kooks.

Uncle Merlin

Fascinating you bring up Houdini. It seems he had a great friend in Ana Eva Fay, who herself was a world famous magician. He often came to her home in Melrose, which is two homes over from mine.
At the time Ms. Fay was good friends with the woman who lived in my house. She often participated in their seances with Houdini. I'm guessing here but I wouldn't be surprised if they had held a few at my house.

Here is the link to a photo of Houdini with Ms. Fay in her garden. Her house still stands today.

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/melrose/2009/11/harry_houdini_seance_recently.html

Oh and Dad could be wrong on several things , but being a smart scientist, it was mom & I that had to tell him. He couldn't quite get there on his own.
Merlin

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