I managed to get the recommendation of a couple of Canadian doctors working on the periphery of the CCSVI story. They referred me to Dr. Salvatore Sclafani, the former chief of radiology at a Brooklyn, New York, hospital.
He would be the doctor’s doctor. Thanks to Google, I found he had left the hospital after administrators shut down his procedures in the wake of the death of the Ontario man in Costa Rica in the fall. He was all over the Internet, speaking at conferences and answering questions on a general website devoted to MS. He seemed to be in his early 60s... and apparently indefatigable. I emailed him and was told the clinic at which he was working could fit me into a cancellation in just a few weeks. What ensued was a frantic period on the phone and on the computer trying to deal with flights, hotels and a clinic staff that seemed to change my appointment every day.
As my stomach lurched with each new stumbling block, I thought longingly of the easy one-stop-shopping of medical tourism.
What did impress me was the doctor’s evident interest.
Sclafani always replied to any email I sent within hours.
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