07 December, 2021

Woke Ideas Have No Place in Any Science, Particularly Medicine

Doctors Warn of New Woke Accrediting Guidelines For Med Schools – PJ Media

What does this mean? It takes a little digging.

On Oct. 30, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits all medical schools in the United States and is co-sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), released a guide to “advancing health equity” through “language, narrative, and concepts.”

What “concepts” will be advanced?

Washington Free Beacon:

Those concepts include the ideas that “individualism and meritocracy” are “malignant narratives” that “create harm,” that using race as a proxy for genetics “leads directly to racial health inequities,” and that medical vulnerability is the “result of socially created processes” rather than biology.

So, you’re not allowed to notice that blacks have a higher risk of diabetes and some other ailments, or that other races might have a higher risk of heart disease.

Noting that about blacks isn’t racism. In fact, it’s likely to help blacks, because more research would be done on why that is, and advancements might be made to clear that up. Not allowing that to occur is objectively harmful to blacks in general, so this is frankly stupid. Evil might not be too strong of a word.

The guidance won’t just influence the way doctors talk, these practitioners said, but also what they know and how they treat patients. It could even make them unwilling to screen racial minorities for serious conditions—including many types of cancer—that they are more likely to inherit, on the mistaken belief that genes play no role in racial health disparities.

“Some vulnerability isn’t about economic or social marginalization,” said Jeff Singer, a general surgeon in Arizona. “A lot of conditions”—such as Tay-Sachs, which disproportionately impacts Ashkenazi Jews, and triple-negative breast cancer, which disproportionately affects black women—”vary based on genetics. We’re talking about matters of life and death here.”

Science isn’t about your feelings. Science is about facts. Medicine is about learning everything we possibly can that might help the patient. Denying parts of that knowledge because they might make someone uncomfortable is the price we pay so that we all get better.

Would you rather be uncomfortable because the doctor checks you for a disease that you’re at a higher risk for because of your genetics? Or would you rather be dead, because he didn’t check you for it?

That’s what it boils down to.

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