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katjazzlover - Perfect summation of the truth regarding the Arizona Medical Board revoking Dr. Sweet's license for his compassion. Notice the Board never even gave this man a chance to change the way he practices medicine. No Doctor is perfect and no doubt Sweet would have made changes had the Board effectively communicated with him verses making an example out of him. The actions taken against Sweet were hostile and damaging not just to Sweet but to the community. Ten years of college training (most readers don’t have the brains to pull this off) and another 13 or more of medical practice. I don’t think people realize how often good people are wronged by supposedly well intended systems of government. Sweet was one of the best doctors I have ever had and his compassion to help relieve others with genuine pain in the end contributed to the Boards actions against him. Sweet is not the "doctor/human being" he was made out to be by the Medical Board. This man’s career was taken away from him because he was conned by people intent on breaking the law to take medications they don’t need. He also had a lot of pain patients and were all left behind to find another doctor to manager their pain: collateral damage, right, not the Boards problem (another sign of hostility and insensitivity and in this case towards patients dependent on Dr. Sweets treatment). Non pain patients don’t realize how very difficult it is to find a doctor that will treat them for pain. Another group of docs that are now in Sweets office tell you walking in the front door they do not prescribe pain medication. At least they are honest about it but after what happened to Sweet, they are clearly paranoid and I for one would not support a practice that is so paranoid they deny humans the right to be properly medically treated for pain using the established medications designed to treat pain. Most pain patients are acute and don’t need these meds long term. Pain meds are relatively safe when used responsibly. It’s obvious Dr. Sweet made a couple mistakes, but this kind of punishment is draconian and very typical I have noticed of government agencies in general. The Board is not perfect and the decision to take Dr. Sweet down is a good example of their imperfections. People who don’t have chronic pain don’t understand how much tolerance people build up to requiring they take what would be deadly to someone who does not have a tolerance. All pain doctors have patients that need these powerful meds. Doctor Sweet informs his patients what they are getting into and he does what he can to direct them to alternative methods of treatment. So he misfiled a few documents? You don’t think there is another Dr. office in town that does not misfile every now and then? Even if Dr. Sweets office did make a few office mistakes, destroying a career like this, without at a minimum offering him legitimate help to him get the documentation side of the practice in order, is draconian. His note taking was no different than 50% of the doctors out there practicing today.Jun 1, 2011