Doctor Ledermanís, troubles began when he treated the high profile star of The Beatles, George Harrison, in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Staten Island University Hospital in October, 2001.
However, it was not until January, 2004, that the original treatment of George Harrison became an issue.
This issue occurred when a major lawsuit was brought against Dr. Lederman, when George Harrisonís wife wanted a guitar her husband willingly autographed back in 2001. At the same time, a disgruntled fellow employee and the collective wives of some Italian patients, whose spouses died of cancer after being brought to this country for treatment, also filed major lawsuits.
This prompted an onslaught of accusations and we believe many untruths on the part of George Harrisonís spouse, and the other plaintiffs. At the same time this generated headlines in the local paper (The Staten Island Advance ), and The Daily News, whose negative editorials were scandalous and apparently hyped to increase readership and thus increase circulation.
Knowing Dr. Lederman, as we do, prompted us to send letters to the local paper decrying what was being done to this honest man. The more negative the publications the more people decided to cash in on the situation.
As a result of all the negative publicity, the hospital, who never once came to Dr. Ledermanís aid, or support, washed their hands of this just man, as did a number of his colleagues, who never sent letters to the newspapers denouncing their editorials.
This doctor from Iowa, was even criticized for the way he dressed; I guess he should have worn overalls and had a piece of hayseed between his teeth. The cynical remarks on a manís attire by the local paper is insulting. To what extent will the local media go in their character assignation, since crucifixions today are no longer in vogue.
January 5, 2006