Really Bad Medicine

Really Bad Medicine

Posted by Maggie on  in From the editors

STANLEY GOLDFARB AND DEVORAH GOLDMAN @ Public Discourse- The Journal of Witherspoon Institute: Social Justice Ideology and the Decline of American Medicine: A Conversation with Stanley Goldfarb

The prevailing zeitgeist of American medical education is an almost complete and unthinking acceptance of a “woke” mentality. The demonstrations at academic medical centers and medical schools throughout the United States following George Floyd’s killing led to widespread declarations of the need to purge “systemic racism” from American medicine and to adopt “antiracism” as a dominant aspect of the medical ethos.

In recent years, the influence of political ideologies based on “social justice” and “antiracism” has extended far beyond academe to other professions, including law, finance, and medicine. One of the most insightful observers of radical and nonscientific theories’ disturbing influence on healthcare and medical training is Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a former Professor and Associate Dean for Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

In his new bookTake Two Aspirin and Call Me by My Pronouns, Goldfarb explains how political ideologies have driven changes in medical education and practice that threaten traditional methods for the admission and training of medical students. With extensive clinical experience, he brings a compelling—and sobering—perspective to bear on what he sees as the decline of American medicine.

Goldfarb recently discussed his book with Public Discourse Contributing Editor Devorah Goldman. Their exchange has been lightly edited for clarity.

Devorah Goldman: Welcome, Dr. Goldfarb, and congratulations on your excellent new book, which is an important and sweeping indictment of the medical establishment. What inspired you to write it?

Stanley Goldfarb: After nearly a dozen years directing the curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, I began to detect a disturbing trend in medical schools around the nation. Directors of medical education, including a newly appointed director at Perelman, increasingly emphasized the so-called social determinants of health in school programming. They also implemented a range of initiatives that downgraded the value of academic achievement in both the basis for admission to medical school and the assessment systems associated with progression through the curriculum. After observing this for several years, I felt compelled to speak out about my concerns. I wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in September 2019 in which I highlighted my apprehensions about the direction of medical education, and proposed a restored focus on medical science and a limit on instruction in social issues.

The op-ed sparked a response from my school. The administration made it exceedingly clear that my opinions did not reflect the official positions of Perelman, and they affirmed the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in determining its student body. The title of my article, provided by the Wall Street Journal staff, Take Two Aspirin and Call Me by My Pronouns, also elicited critical responses from the American College of Physicians and Penn alumni, as well as virulent commentary on social media.

It became apparent that I needed to more thoroughly detail my concerns and to identify the growing weakness of American medical education. That realization led to this book…

Read the whole thing.
NOT where medicine should be going.

Like this shit right here. Here we go again. Just like doctors prescribing ‘unaccepted’ treatments for people sick with COVID…

Jessica Chasmar: Medical board threatens to revoke certification of OBGYNs over abortion ‘misinformation’: Pro-life OBGYN group slams ‘unprecedented intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship’

Pro-life obstetricians and gynecologists are sounding the alarm after the medical board that certifies OBGYNs in the U.S. and Canada threatened to revoke providers’ certification over “misinformation and disinformation” about abortion and COVID-19.

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) issued a statement Thursday saying it will review reports of dissemination of misinformation and disinformation “that may harm the patients we serve or public health.”

“ABOG considers the dissemination of misinformation and disinformation that may threaten the health of the patients who place their trust in its diplomates to be a violation of medical professionalism,” the statement read. “Eligibility to gain or maintain ABOG certification may be lost if ABOG determines that diplomates do not meet the standards that they have agreed to meet and that the public deserves and expects.”

Pro-life OBGYNs are now fearful they’ll lose their board certification if they inform patients about the risks associated with abortion.

The American Association of Pro-Life OBGYNs (AAPLOG) issued a statement to Fox News Digital saying it will take actions to protect its members’ freedom to fully inform their patients.

“The threat by the pro-abortion American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology to cancel the board certification of tens of thousands of OBGYNs who educate their patients about the peer-reviewed, evidence-based facts concerning abortion is an unprecedented intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship,” said AAPLOG chief executive officer Dr. Donna Harrison…

No. Women don’t need all the information available, especially with abortion.

Meanwhile, these pro-aborts don’t get the serious calling-out that they deserve. No, let’s let their ‘misinformation’ spread…

Jessica Chasmar: Treating ectopic pregnancies still legal in states where abortion banned, despite viral misinformation: Pro-life experts say speculation about ectopic pregnancies unwarranted

Twitchy: Just gets WORSE: Abortionist responsible for pushing alleged pregnant 10-year-old girl story caught not reporting underage abortions

~~Many thanks to Maggie and The Universal Spectator for reprint permission.

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