US President Donald Trump (L) listens to White Home coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas converse throughout a press convention within the Brady Briefing Room of the White Home on September 23, 2020, in Washington, DC.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty ImagesOn Thursday, dozens of medical doctors and researchers from Stanford College emphasised that they will not be silenced after listening to they may face authorized motion after criticizing the White Home’s coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas. Earlier this month, Stanford lecturers penned an open letter calling out Atlas, a former colleague, for spreading what they characterised as “falsehoods and misrepresentations of science.” Specifically, the authors expressed concern about Atlas advocating towards the usage of masks and different public well being measures.In response, the researchers behind the “Pricey Colleague” letter mentioned they obtained a authorized menace on Sept. 16 from Marc Kasowitz of the legislation agency Kasowitz Benson Torres, which requested the letter writers to withdraw their claims or face authorized motion. Kasowitz claimed to signify Atlas, who at the moment works as a senior fellow at Stanford College’s Hoover Establishment.Atlas, in his medical profession, has specialised in radiology and neuro-radiology and never infectious illness.In latest months, he is made a sequence of controversial statements, together with to push the White Home to permit younger folks to contract the coronavirus in hopes of reaching “herd immunity.”A replica of Kasowitz’s letter was posted on Twitter by Michael Fischbach, a Stanford professor. As well as, a spokesperson for the Stanford college who penned the letter shared a replica of with CNBC.Kasowitz’ letter describes the Stanford group’s criticisms as “abjectly false.” “We subsequently demand that you just instantly subject a press launch withdrawing your letter and that you just contact each media outlet worldwide that has reported on it to request an instantaneous correction of the file,” it reads. Fischbach, an affiliate professor within the division of bioengineering, tweeted in response: “I stand by all the pieces we mentioned.”Following the authorized menace, a bigger group from Stanford College has now signed one other letter stating that they won’t be intimidated or silenced. “We imagine that his statements and the recommendation he has been giving fosters misunderstandings of established science and dangers undermining essential public well being efforts,” reads the letter, which was signed by 105 medical doctors, scientists, public well being specialists and college members. “As well as, we’re deeply troubled by the authorized threats that Dr. Atlas has made towards us in an try to intimidate and silence us within the midst of a pandemic.”The group additionally despatched their very own letter defending their place from the agency Kaplan Hecker & Fink, which was addressed to Atlas’ authorized crew.