Doctors make good legislators [Letter]

Regarding Del. Dan K. Morhaim's recent commentary on the shortage of hospital medications, once again the value and importance of having doctor-legislators has been proven ("Medication crisis," Jan. 5).

Who, other than a doctor, would have such knowledge of the problem and the ability to write about it as well sponsor and help pass corrective legislation? That's a tremendous bonus for all of us.


Dr. Morhaim, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has proven his extraordinary value in the General Assembly time after time. The legalization of medical marijuana, needle-stick injury protection and increased funding for addiction treatment programs are just a few of his notable health-related legislative accomplishments. His recent book, "The Better End," is a practical wake-up call about managing end of life issues.

Torrey Brown, another Hopkins physician and state delegate, distinguished himself in the 1970s as chairman of the Environmental Matters Committee and sponsored health-related environmental legislation that put him at the forefront of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and saving the rockfish.

He went on to become secretary of the Department of Natural Resources under Governors Harry Hughes and William Donald Schaefer. The Northern Central Rail Trail is now named the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail and it hosts more than over 850,000 visitors a year.

Marylanders have benefited greatly by having Drs. Morhaim and Brown serve in the legislature, and one only wishes there were more like them.

Howard J. Needle, Baltimore

The writer served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1970 to 1978.


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