P. C., M. D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine


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.
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
[An] excellent study of medicine and society.... Thank goodness that Dr. Satel brings more scientific precision and moral rigor to the treatment of her subject than some doctors and public-health officials bring to the treatment of their patients.
Sherwin B. Nuland
A clarion call.... One after another, Satel takes on the central planks in the platform of PC medicine and replies to them with a devastating barrage of documentation, leavened by her own clinical and personal observations.
Baltimore Sun
An extraordinary courageous, punctiliously researched, powerful new book… Very impressive research and consultation with medical professionals and public administration authorities went into this book… Dr. Satel is thoughtful, indisputably humane—a seriously committed physician… The stakes in this latest PC battle are, as Dr. Satel writes, extremely high. She makes a compelling case that the time has come for mainstream medicine to fight back.
Rocky Mountain News
Brave and well-documented… this frank and passionate book will stir some angry responses from those involved with politically sensitive issues, but its message is simply aimed at putting medicine and its associated research back on track.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465071838
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 12/15/2001
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Satel, M.D., a practicing psychiatrist, is a lecturer at Yale University School of Medicine and the W. H. Brady Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Her articles have been published in The New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other publications. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: PC Medicine--Hazardous to Your Health 1
1 Public Health and the Quest for Social Justice 9
2 Inmates Take Over the Asylum 45
3 Nursing Grudges 77
4 Sisterhood and Medicine 103
5 Crack Moms of South Carolina 131
6 Race and Medicine 155
7 Therapy for Victims 193
Epilogue: The Indoctrinologist Isn't In ... Yet 231
Notes 235
Index 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    A Voice Of Reason

    The author of this book has done a very excellent job in revealing how the almost cult like mentalities of political correctness, alternative medicine, and paranormal healing have crept into mainstream medicine. She uses logic and a mountain of research data to support her claim that the patient¿s best interest and scientific research are beginning to take second priority to political correctness and quackery. Although the message is disturbing, I actually found reading this book to be very enjoyable. Where else will you find illogical and deceptive assertions made by politically correct advocates actually challenged? For example, a feminist group claims that only 14 percent of NIH (federal) research funds go to women¿s health issues. And it turns out that this is actually true. But, as the author discovers, you are not told that less than 7 percent goes to research on male diseases and the rest goes to research on diseases that are not gender specific. The book is full of examples like this, where the author lets the so-called experts state their claim and then calmly and methodically goes about the task of unraveling the truth. You have probably gathered by now that I strongly recommend this book. But is it a matter of life or death? After reading this book, you would have to conclude that it is! However, the author sees hope for the future and ends the book on somewhat of a positive note. Plus, it is hard to read this book and not take some comfort in knowing that there are still many people in the medical profession like Dr. Sally Satel who have the intelligence and courage to stand up for the truth!

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