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The firemen who went through such hell on 9/11 and the days and weeks that followed have every right to do what they choose when it comes to looking for help in dealing with its aftermath, but it’s not easy to feel very comfortable about this:

“For the past year, more than 140 New York City firefighters, some ailing from their work in the ruins of the World Trade Center, have walked into a seventh-floor medical clinic just two blocks from the former disaster site. Once inside, some have abandoned the medical care and emotional counseling provided to them by their own department’s doctors, and all have taken up a treatment regimen devised by L. Ron Hubbard, the late science fiction writer and founder of the Church of Scientology… ”

“…People are desperate to feel better,” said one fire lieutenant. “As far as I can tell, they’ll try anything, even off the beaten track.” Another officer, who said he planned to sign up for the regimen in hope of clearing up lung congestion, said: “Right now, I’m at the point I would try a voodoo doctor.”

That, I fear, may be just what he is going to do.

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