A doctor's opinion, that is NOT based on reliable medical evidence
(examination, tests, x-rays, etc.), and a review of the persons
service medical records SMR), is essentially not worth anything.
Referral to various Medical Journal articles is generally useless, as
those studies did NOT include this patient. Unless the physician can
make a very direct link between their patients current condition, and
either a specific incident, or incidents that are recorded in the
A study linking a specific condition to Agent Orange, when that
condition is NOT one of the presumptive conditions, is a very
difficult thing to do. The physician would have to be able to show
repeated studies that made that link, and specifically what VERY
SPECIFIC things about your husbands current condition, that match what
those medical studies have shown.
This will require a lot more than a letter from the doctor. He would
have to write a very extensive report of your husbands condition from
the time he first saw him, each and every test that was performed
(including a pathology report on any tissue removed from him), and
link each and every thing possible to the articles that he is basing
his opinion on.
Without that kind of data, a doctors opinion has about as much value
as used toilet paper.