Don’t Punish Doctor Who Helps the Poor


Target: Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure Director H. Vann Craig

Goal: Allow a selfless doctor to continue providing much-needed medical assistance to the homeless and poor.

Poverty is a major problem in the small town of Edwards, Mississippi. Many poor and homeless residents of this town and countless others like it throughout the state do not have adequate access to medical care, but for the last two years Dr. Carroll Landrum has selflessly worked to help these desperate people. Dr. Landrum is working without an office, instead making house calls and even seeing patients on the street or in the backseat of his car. Landrum spent 55 years in private practice and believes that it is his duty as a physician to help people regardless of their ability to pay. Unfortunately, the State Board of Medical Licensure disagrees.

The board asked Dr. Landrum to hand over his medical license, citing him for incompetence after learning he was running his practice out of his car. Despite an outpouring of support from the local community, Landrum is currently locked in a standoff between himself and the state. The board claims that they cannot make any comment at this time, but that their duty is to protect the public, which is exactly what Landrum’s patients say he is doing.

Dr. Landrum selflessly travels across a wide range of places to help the poor, and the state wants to reward him by taking away his medical license. Tell the state board that this is unacceptable. Don’t let Mississippi stop Dr. Landrum from helping those who have no one else to whom they can turn.


Dear Mr. Vann Craig,

For more than 50 years, Dr. Carroll Landrum has been dedicated to helping people in his local community, oftentimes regardless of their ability to pay. Poverty is endemic in the community of Edwards, and for many people in need of care Dr. Landrum is their only hope. After closing his practice in an increasingly violent part of town, Dr. Landrum decided to continue his mission of helping the poor by bringing his care to them, driving as much as 50 miles to help people with no other chance of receiving needed medical care.

Your board now wants to take away Dr. Landrum’s medical license for the crime of helping people. While Dr. Landrum’s practice may seem unconventional by contemporary standards, his approach is nothing more than a continuation of the age-old tradition of the medical house call, and by taking this approach he is able to serve as a welcome and needed force for good in the area. To take away his right to practice medicine would not be in the interest of protecting the public, but rather would place greater hardship on people who have no one else to turn to.

We, the undersigned, demand that you allow Dr. Landrum to continue his compassionate mission.


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  1. I am appalled. This wonderful Doctor should be recognized and awarded for his selfless work to help those so desperately in need! Medical personnel go to other countries to help the needy and I have wondered for years why they don’t help those right here at home. Now I know why. They aren’t allowed to. Disgusting.

  2. Janet Jacobson says:

    I can’t help but to think how many of these people who need help, actually vote. because i’m gonna guess none of them do… and if that’s the case there’s no amount of petitioning that will help folks who refuse to help themselves. Mississippi has poor and underhelped but their government intends it to be that way… which means the people who vote aren’t the people who need the help.

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