Dr. Benitez Question and Answer Session on Fly Ash Spill


Why would someone need to start out seeing the medical toxicologists [through this screening program] rather than their own personal physician?

I think some people have already seen their family physician. The problem that happens there is, again, the background of most physicians, and I’m not talking about just the family medicine but it could be essentially any specialty, is that they don’t have any really training in toxicology. So trying to put together some symptoms, some historical findings, [and] getting the depth of history that’s needed as well as the specific signs and symptoms that we’re looking for during that history and physical session – they [doctors other than toxicologists] may not obtain everything that’s needed at that point.