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

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2001 - Spring


by Sally Satel, M.D., HS ’88; Basic Books (New York), 2000.

Satel shows how political correctness has infected the world of medicine and public health—with results that may actually threaten everybody’s well-being. She begins by describing the presumption of some health professionals that because the sickest people in society are also disproportionately the poorest, the practice of medicine must address matters of social justice. She feels this has led to the diversion of resources away from what the medical profession does best—the treatment and prevention of injury and disease.