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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

American College of Surgeons head resigns over unsavory commentary

The president-elect of the American College of Surgeons, resigned on Sunday over his regrettable editorial in Surgey News where he was also the editor in chief.
In his controversial February commentary, the 78-year-old Dr. Lazar Greenfield made reference to the sexual behaviors of lower forms of animals such as flies going up to humans surrounding Valentine's Day, in a report by the New York Times.
The Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan School of Medicine said in an email to NYT that he apologized many times but had been ignored, "Therefore, rather than have this remain a disruptive issue, I resigned as president-elect. I only hope that those who choose to judge me will read the article in the spirit in which it was intended."
Indeed true.
When I read Dr. Greenfield's editorial, I did not find anything offensive. As the old saying goes, "Do not judge the book by its cover." And I will add, "Especially if you are not a judge."
I encourage everyone to read the retracted article here before making their conclusions. Don't take my word for it because it is only my opinion.
In fact, according to the report, the whole February issue will not be visible in the publication's Website.
It seems that the whole controversy became a sexist issue.
The doctor who is a woman's advocate in uplifting the role of female surgeons—a field that is largely dominated by their male counterparts—ended his article with this statement, "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."
Details of this report here.

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