PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine

PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine

PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine

PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine

Synopsis

Drawing on a wealth of information PC, M.D. documents for the first time what happens when the tenets of political correctness -- including victimology, multiculturalism, rejection of fixed truths and individual autonomy -- are allowed to enter the fortress of medicine.

Excerpt

One of the most famous moments in public health took place in 1854 in the Golden Square area of London, which was reeling from an epidemic of cholera. At the worst point five hundred people died over a ten-day period. John Snow, a British physician who once attended to Queen Victoria, got a map of London and marked the locations of the homes of cholera victims. Using clever detective work, he pinpointed the Broad Street pump as the source of the bacteria-contaminated water that townspeople were carrying by bucketfuls into their homes. Snow put the pump on Broad Street out of commission by removing the handle, and the cholera epidemic stopped virtually overnight.

Snow's triumphant removal of the Broad Street pump handle is the stuff of medical legend. It harkens back to a simpler time when protection from communicable diseases was the exclusive focus of the public health profession. Its tasks were well defined -- disease tracking and ensuring food and water safety -- and its victories dramatic. Today public health is still very much concerned with infection control and epidemiology -- the study of diseases in populations -- but over the last century its scope has expanded to include activities such as monitoring air quality, administering public health services (such as vaccination programs and communitybased clinics) and preventing chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. The effort to avert what were once called social diseases . . .

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