18 Apr 2011

Offensive, or Merely Junk Science?

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Indignant female surgeons force President of the American College of Surgeons to resign over Valentine’s Day editorial. New York Times:

Dr. [Lazar] Greenfield, 78, was the editor in chief of Surgery News when the editorial was published but resigned that position in the wake of the controversy; the entire issue of the newspaper was withdrawn. He is an emeritus professor of surgery at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

The editorial cited research that found that female college students who had had unprotected sex were less depressed than those whose partners used condoms. It speculated that compounds in semen have antidepressant effects.

“So there’s a deeper bond between men and women than St. Valentine would have suspected, and now we know there’s a better gift for that day than chocolates,” it concluded.

The editorial outraged many women in the field, some of whom said that it reflected a macho culture in surgery that needed to change.

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Harl Delos

It never crossed anybody’s mind that these women are associating with fellows who find using condoms to be depressing?

It never crossed anybody’s mind that some of the women were deliberately trying to make a baby, the prospect of which made them joyful?

It sounds like more research is needed. I’d be happy to volunteer, but my wife isn’t sure whether I’ll be busy doing housework that weekend, drat.



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