Non-Buying It

 If physicians have any worth to society, it ought to begin with their telling the truth.  Some of you have read my repeated claim that health care is a thoroughly dishonest industry, and it is.  Our profession is guilty of allowing that corruption to infect and direct us.

An old friend of mine who works in an unnamed corporate hospital ED somewhere else sent me this screen shot of their latest patient check-in screen.  The very offering of a “third gender” is obscene in its dishonesty, which already co-opts the bleary-eyed clinician staring at this EHR.  Physicians gave the corporations (and soon, government) cover by not forcefully rejecting trans/non-binary definitions of fashion from the outset. 

Physicians have the obligation to be courteous and compassionate, but we also have the duty to be honest.  We do not buy into the anorexic’s self-view that they weigh 300 lb., merely to protect their feelings.  From the AAFP running cover stories on “trans” care  to unethical surgeons performing elective mutilations for psychiatric conditions, to clinicians starting to adopt a language and mindset contrary to objective reality, we are failing in that duty.  

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Pat Conrad MD

Pat Conrad is a full-time rural ER doc on the Florida Gulf Coast. After serving as a carrier naval flight officer, he graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and the Tallahassee Family Medicine residency program. His commentary has appeared in Medical Economics and at . Conrad’s work stresses individual freedom and autonomy as the crucial foundation for medical excellence, is wary of all collective solutions, and recognizes that the vast majority of poisonous snakebites are concurrent with alcohol consumption. 

  3 comments for “Non-Buying It

  1. Mamadoc
    February 6, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Oh, for crying out loud.

  2. PW
    February 6, 2020 at 6:34 am

    I just reviewed some AAFP articles to take quizzes for CME and came across one on treating transgender patients. Seems everyone is drinking the kooks is.

  3. Rick
    February 5, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    You know, Pat, if there were ONE area of our culture that didn’t fall prey to this bizarre nonsense, I would have assumed that it was medicine and those practicing it.
    This is mind-blowingly disappointing.
    The dominos just keep falling…

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