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March 03, 2019

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Mags

I mean this not as a sanctimonious admission of guilt,

She means it as a sanctimonious admission of superiority.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

There’s something edible inside incredible.

It's been done.

Ten

Semi-official history of cultural trajectory

1865 - American Civil War ends
1950 - Segregation
1964 - American Civil Rights Act
1965 - 'Down with whitey'
1985 - 'We're all the same under the skin'
2000 - 'Celebrate diversity!'
present - 'Down with my whitey'
2020 - Anti-Pallor Act introduced
2025 - Segregation clause implimented

David

She means it as a sanctimonious admission of superiority.

As so often with these things, it seems to be contortion and dishonesty all the way down. And it occurs to me that Dr Cohan’s assertion that “health care is not safe for people of colour as long as the overwhelming majority of U.S. physicians are white” is not only paranoid and invidious, but wildly irresponsible.

[+]

Imagine new-born babies teaching medical students how to dance

Lower the dose, lady.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

And so we turn to the New England Journal of Medicine...

Yet another reason most of us do not take it seriously anymore.

@DeborahCohan Jan 4

Don’t forget to remember that you are breathing.

I expect she has "Breathe in" tattooed on her right hand, and "Breathe out" tattooed on her left lest she forget.

I am a Harvard-trained Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family/Community Medicine at UCSF and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG).

a) That explains quite a bit.
b) Remind me again never to get sick in San Francisco.

Imagine blindfolded residents learning how to do obstetrical forceps using only sense of touch.

Imagine the malpractice lawyers lined up outside.

JuliaM

Physician, heal thyself...

Vagabond

How very sad. The NEJM has gone the way of the Lancet and so many other formerly respected journals. This sort of rubbish would never have even been considered only a few short years ago. Hopefully they will become a laughing stock, I’ll watch the comments and letters a bit more carefully than usual.

Robert of Ottawa

She is at the intersection of sanity and derision. I wish all these people in the intersections will get run over by the gomnibus of reality.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

The NEJM article is an utter cesspool.

I invite myself to notice the moments when I'm inclined to do more for a white patient than for a patient of color.

If you do indeed do that, you are, in fact, both the only racist in the room, and a shit physician.

I once mistook one black resident for another resident who was black.

Oh noes, no one on the planet, regardless of hue, ever mistook two people of the another hue for each other (of course she probably left out that they were wearing scrubs, caps, and surgical masks at the time...)

I would guess that before my division instituted a consistent protocol for urine toxicology screening, I ordered such screens more often for patients with preterm labor who were black.

OK, this nitwit is also an MPH, which, before the field was taken over by SJWs, meant she should have a passing concept of epidemiology which would tell us that a) blacks with preterm labor are indeed at higher risk of substance abuse disorders; b) ordering the same tests on everybody, including the low risk, is why your bill went up, and a waste of resources.

In the meantime, health care is not safe for people of color as long as the overwhelming majority of U.S. physicians are white...

Of course there is no epidemiology to back this up, but the clear implication is that blacks should only be treated by blacks, Asians bu Asians, and do forth. Yay, segregation !

As I wrote this essay, for example, I consulted many people, mostly people of color, working in the social justice arena...They reminded me to prioritize references by people of color...

Ah, so nobody actually medical. Makes sense. However, one prioritizes references by where they appear in the text, not the color of the author.

What makes "health care is not safe for people of color" is that addlepates like this are allowed not only to practice, but to teach.

David

The NEJM has gone the way of the Lancet and so many other formerly respected journals.

To compound the dismay - or dark hilarity, depending on how you view it - the NEJM comments section has plenty of readers congratulating Dr Cohan’s alleged “bravery,” and her apparently self-evident righteousness, in casually denouncing white medical practitioners en masse - and by extension all white people - as inherently bedevilled by racism and in need of corrective realignment.

One particularly gushing reader adds,

This article makes me almost wish I had a uterus so I could be a patient of Dr. Cohan. Her philosophy not only inspires confidence in her as a person, but her awareness and critical thinking inspire confidence in her as a physician, as well.

It’s all rather surreal, and faintly revolting.

Rafi

Imagine blindfolded residents learning how to do obstetrical forceps using only sense of touch.

Imagine the malpractice lawyers lined up outside.

That.

Connor

Lefties project.

WTP

Remember folks, she’s a doctor. She’s one of the smart people.

David

Woke medicine.

David

It’s worth noting the pronounced overlap of wokeness and ludicrous New Age woo. From the woke-lings at Everyday Feminism and Wear Your Voice, who regularly enthuse about witchcraft, tree-pushing and magic sea-shells - along with a thrilling array of quite serious mental health issues - to woke academia, where minority students are often regarded as uncanny beings, akin to leprechauns, and whose grades will apparently benefit from “cleansing ceremonies” and “the burning of medicines.”

And remember, these are people who’ve been educated, after a fashion, at considerable expense.

MC

Why You Need To Take Responsibility For My Neuroses, episode 12,483....

Some day in the future, modern history students at Tsinghua University will study this blog as part of the How the West Fucked Up module.

David

Some day in the future, modern history students at Tsinghua University will study this blog as part of the How the West Fucked Up module.

Heh. I expect a bejewelled statue. But we are, I think, seeing an unhappy pattern. A pathology.

Fred Z

I like her very, very much. She is good at both the long-con and the short con.

It is immoral to let a sucker keep his money, and the taxpayers of western civ are suckers, so she would be crazy to refuse the money freely being paid her.

She is quite similar to Justin Trudeau.

Her only problem, and Trudeau's, is that from time to time the suckers feel the pain, rise up in fury and the lynchings begin. I think we are a long way from that point, and despite the ranting here and on all the conservative sites, she and Trudeau are safe.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Woke medicine.

Which, for some reason, is remarkably free of People of Color™ (the one Asian gal up front excepted). Probably "not safe" for them I reckon.

Her only problem, and Trudeau's, is that from time to time the suckers feel the pain...

...or, in her case, also risk increased morbidity and mortality because of foregoing real medical practices for this flummery.

Mike

He's back! Fridays just aren't the same without an ephemera fix.

David

He’s back!

So much for my long bloody weekend.

Darleen

The NEJM has gone the way of the Lancet and so many other formerly respected journals.

The Left destroys everything it touches.

Darleen
My mission a [A]s a white physician[, I should always try] to be humble and respectful toward my patients., not only as an act of compassion but as a revolutionary act against racism, elitism, and hierarchy.

Fixed. But I guess just a statement of good behavior isn't woke-sexy enough.

David

But I guess just a statement of good behavior isn’t woke-sexy enough.

Presumably, there’s more in-group kudos to be had in contrived claims of racial sensitivity than in something as humdrum (and demanding) as mere competence.

But hey, “shamanic healing.”

Daniel Ream

Dr Cohan is employed by the University of California, San Francisco.

The Devil you say.

Adam

Ordering a tox screen for a black patient is not an act of racism. The purpose is to determine whether additional medical risks are present and need attention. Sounds like good medicine.

Steve E

I am inviting myself to live at the speed of one second per second.

One of the reasons I'm inclined to say STFU when medical doctors start spouting off about anything related to physics.

Imagine new-born babies teaching medical students how to dance and touch empathetically.

Ah the missing verse from John Lennon's classic song.

I can bring more empathy to my encounters with patients whose reality is different from my own.

These loonie SJWs love to abuse the word empathy. And since they are irony-resistant, they can't see how their need to group everyone in a hierarchy of victimhood makes empathy impossible in practice.

Ten

These loonie SJWs love to abuse the word empathy.

Indeed. I once knew an apparent NPD who, having been found out, promptly instituted an Empath phase. Or period; who knows. Aspect. Affect.

Act.

Watcher In The Dark

Imagine new-born babies teaching medical students how to dance and touch empathetically

No, sorry, I can't. So that's it then... I can never be a doctor? Damn... And I had such promising start as a baby, too...

Ten

...a statement of good behavior isn't woke-sexy enough.

That faint I'm-so-sexy-nobody-can-keep-up tinge is also not unfamiliar. Nor is the Pied Piper affect. Dance, everybody.

Robert Austin
"This article makes me almost wish I had a uterus so I could be a patient of Dr. Cohan."

I am sure that his mangina qualifies him to be a paatient of Dr. Looney Tunes.

Pogonip

Welcome back!

We played Frisbee with the coasters.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Dr Cohan is employed by the University of California, San Francisco.

The Devil you say.

No, as unbelievable as it may seem, it is true - from NEJM itself...

From the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco General Hospital — both in San Francisco.

Had that last bit not been there to clarify, I might have thought they were in Barstow or Lompoc.

Uma Thurmond's Feet

"My mission as a white physician is to be humble and respectful toward my patients, not only as an act of compassion but as a revolutionary act against racism, elitism, and hierarchy."

Now I can't help but be reminded (thanks to Ann Althouse) of this scene from "The Bonfire of the Vanities":

“Do you remember when we used to live in the Village, the way I used to go off to work?”

“The way you used to go off to work?”

“When I first started working for Pierce & Pierce? The way I used to give you the raised left fist when I left the apartment, the Black Power salute?”

“Yes, I remember.”

“You remember why?”

“I guess so.”

“It was supposed to say that yes, I was going to work on Wall Street, but my heart and soul would never belong to it. I would use it and rebel and break with it. You remember all that?”

Judy said nothing.

“I know it didn’t work out that way,” he went on, “but I remember what a lovely feeling it was. Don’t you?”

Uma Thurmond's Feet

Oh, my, God.

I think I feel a song coming on:

"I'm ... too SJ for my shirt.
Too SJ for my shirt.
So SJ that it hurts."

Cause I'm a role-model
You know that I preen,
And I do my little turn
for the e-leet."

Where's my fucking grant?

Rowdy

There's something pathetic inside empathetically.

Lancastrian Oik

I read a phrase from that “I am racist” excerpt as “....caring for undeserved women of colour”.

I denounce myself.

Fred the Fourth

Empathy, the feeling of another's emotions, is a mental disorder.
Sympathy, on the other hand, the understanding of another's emotions, is human, normal, and useful.
But it's unfashionable because it pollutes feelz with yucky intellect.

Squires

Act.

That.

Steve E

Had that last bit not been there to clarify,

I'm sorry, where, again, would I find the University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco General Hospital? ;-)

I had to laugh. My family took a trip to Jamaica with our friends and their family. While there we did a swim with the dolphins thing. One of the dolphin trainers introduced us to a 3-month old baby dolphin. My always curious friend asked the trainer, "How old is that 3-month-old dolphin?" Everyone, including the trainer sniggered and the trainer went on with his spiel about dolphins. My friend interrupted and said, "No really, how old is that 3-month-old dolphin?" We've never let him forget it.

jabrwok

Yay, segregation !

How else can Diversity! be maintained? Cramming everyone together will only produce bland homogeneity...eventually...one way or another...

Imagine new-born babies teaching medical students how to dance and touch empathetically.

I don't have to imagine it!

Fay

Ah the missing verse from John Lennon's classic song.

Snicker, snicker...

bgates

Googling around for a moment, it seems that at least as of 2010 the percentage of American physicians who were white (75%) was pretty close to the percentage of Americans who were white (72%). However, a finer distinction can be made. There is a subgroup of white Americans who were 70% of the overall population but only 61% of the physicians, which seems to make that large subgroup among the underrepresented. Another group constituted only 2.5% of the total population and a whopping 14% of the physicians.

I wonder if Dr Deborah Cohan of the Zuckerberg Hospital mentions any of that.

I'm inclined to believe that the disproportionate number of Jews among doctors and hospital namesakes is due to disproportionate talent and hard work, but if enough Jews tell me that such disproportion is proof of undeserved privilege among a racial subgroup which harbors supremacist attitudes and puts outsiders in danger, I may end up believing them.

Fay

Dr. Saad has the Doctor's number.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...where, again, would I find the University of California, San Francisco...

Not in Barstow or Lompoc, but, TBF, there is a Fresno campus, but what there isn't outside of the San Franfreakshow campus is a "Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and the Department of Family and Community Medicine"...

fnord

And it occurs to me that Dr Cohan’s assertion that “health care is not safe for people of colour as long as the overwhelming majority of U.S. physicians are white” is not only paranoid and invidious, but wildly irresponsible.

I prefer to characterize it as....*spins the Wheel of Reality™ * .... a goddamn lie.

fnord

If she's so bloody concerned about being white she could anoint herself with about a pound of butter then pop herself into a 350 degree oven for a couple of hours. She should brown up quite nucely.

aelfheld

If the government doesn't destroy health care in this country, Cohan & her ilk will

Vuil

I can suggest a very quick remedy for her racial angst. Move to South Africa. There whites are routinely discriminated against and attacked. She’d be at the receiving end of all sorts of nasty experiences.

It will revitalize her life.

David

I prefer to characterize it as....*spins the Wheel of Reality™ * .... a goddamn lie.

To summarise:

‘I am white and racist, despite evidence to the contrary, and therefore, somehow, all other white people in my line of work are racist too and require corrective realignment. Otherwise, a trip to the doctor will be unsafe for Those Innately Noble Brown People.’

The grandiose presumption is a thing to behold.

Watcher In The Dark

The wretched idea that doctors are almost all white was removed for me when I saw the movie 'The Millionairess' many years ago, where clearly the medical man portrayed was not white at all. However there were possibly distractions, as evidenced by a scene involving an Italian woman with a large hat (among other things):

https://www.themoviescene.co.uk/reviews/_img/1290-3.jpg

Alice

Because speaking for all white people involved in medicine, and by extension all white people, and casually and baselessly accusing them of racism, of being morally inferior, and indeed dangerous to non-white patients, is so very selfless. And somehow, conveniently, not at all racist.

That.

TomJ

To digress slightly for a moment:

She is quite similar to Justin Trudeau.

Her only problem, and Trudeau's, is that from time to time the suckers feel the pain, rise up in fury and the lynchings begin. I think we are a long way from that point, and despite the ranting here and on all the conservative sites, she and Trudeau are safe.

It may be that Comrade Trudeau is not as safe as all that; a former Attorney General has testified to Parliament that many and varied members of his government put illegal pressure on her to hold of on a corporate corruption prosecution for party political purposes.
https://offsettingbehaviour.blogspot.com/2019/03/oh-canada.html?m=1

David

That.

When you’re basing a grandiose theatre of racial piety on a pile of begged questions and conspiracy theories, and the exact number of inches you once sat from a patient, it does sound a little bonkers. And I can’t help thinking that Dr Cohan may be hoping to absolve herself – and appease her self-inflicted demons - by insisting, based on nothing, that every other white person is somehow just as guilty too.

Which is awfully nice of her.

jones

Never has so much MBBS been wasted by so many on so few.

Clam

Today's word is 'Baizuo'.

David

“I’m... too SJ for my shirt.
Too SJ for my shirt.
So SJ that it hurts.”

Someone give me a hand setting up this bear trap.

Ben david

Cartoonist Jules Feiffer lampooned this type back in the 60s with a "woke" modern dancer who dedicated her art to expressing various trendy ideas;
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/hope-for-america/controversy-and-confusion.html#obj10

Ramalama
I am racist. I would love to believe otherwise and can find evidence that I am not [racist] — my career dedicated to caring for underserved women of colour, my support of colleagues and trainees who are people of colour, my score on the implicit-association test.

When I skimmed that sentence yesterday, it was with the assumption that when a somebody starts a paragraph with "I am racist", that the rest of the paragraph gives examples of how they're racist. So I skimmed it as her admitting that she could do more for non-white patients/colleagues, and her score in the White Badthink Test showed how far she had to go.

Reading it more carefully this morning ... she has some nerve, that is some ostentatious bragging in any context, never mind the purported context where "we" are all supposed to be reproaching ourselves.

And yet I am racist, shaped by the sometimes-subtle tendrils of white supremacy deeply embedded in our culture. I mean this not as a sanctimonious admission of guilt, but as a call to self-reflection and action for us white physicians.

Again, this is somebody who doesn't feel bad about herself, who speaks the language of self-reflection, but sees any bad intent as being in other white people and in white society. And if she's Jewish as her name makes probable, she doesn't even have white guilt, she's just making the world a better place by reminding fellow whites of their guilt.

David

she has some nerve,

Can’t argue with that.

Yossarian

Perhaps what's needed is not segregation of doctors and their patients according to race (which is where Dr. Cohan's addled thinking eventually leads), but segregation by philosophy. If the morons who think like she does were forbidden access to competent, reality-based doctors, and only able to receive medical care from hippy-dippy flakes like Dr. Cohan, the problem would sort of work itself out naturally (if somewhat unpleasantly for the moonbats).

David

Found on Twitter. I forget exactly where.

Twisted Root

Dr Cohan is employed by the University of California, San Francisco.

For the sake of brevity could you in future put this at the top of your post?

Baceseras

I don't know anything about Dr. Cohan's family background, but her namesake George M. Cohan was Irish American (and a Yankee Doodle Dandy) (and a better dancer, natch).

Back in the 'seventies I heard a story, maybe apocryphal -- possibly told by Jimmy Cagney on the Tonight Show -- about a hotelkeeper frosting out George M. and his troupe on the no-Yids-here policy. Cohan corrected the guy's wrong assumption, and listened with dignity to a minute or two of confused obsequiousness -- which didn't move him: he took his business elsewhere.

Much more of interest here: https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0703.html

Cohan was great. Coincidentally I just watched "The Phantom President" last week.

BF

The first black patient of hers who experiences some less than desirable outcome should slap a lawsuit on her, referencing her admission of racism as the reason for the fact that she miscarried (or whatever). It's almost an invitation...

Odelay

It's not every day you get to write an article in NEJM just congratulating yourself. I can't say I blame her for using the chance when she had it.

D 2

Let's see next time she is in line at Motor Vehicles and the clerk suggests white physicians have to wait until everyone else is served..... and then at the restaurant..... and then at the toll booth. .... and then at the grocery store. .... and then when her sewer line backs up ... Etc. Then when the world starts shaming her 4 year old kid like the racist that they must be, given how momma is one. Lets see what momma says to that.

Actions speak louder than words. Treat people with respect and basic decency until proven otherwise, and you might be surprised that no one gives a flying orange unicorn about your story.

Darleen

Uh ... but what the hell is wrong with Belgium?

pst314

what the hell is wrong with Belgium?

It's wrong of me, but I want to read of some Islamist terror attacks taking place in Belgium immediately after that parade. "Europe used to have a religious minority that was creative, law-abiding, and hard working. They murdered it. Now they have the minority they deserve."

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...what the hell is wrong with Belgium?

My guess would be that it has something to do with the country being around one quarter "new Belgians" and a large slice of them from North Africa and Turkey, and the fact that places like Antwerp are now almost "minority-majority" from the same places.

I will now go to the self denunciation chamber.

pst314

And then there are all the native born European leftists who demand unrestricted immigration of hostile foreigners, and who demand fines and imprisonment for those who object.

Governor Squid

Wait - Belgium is a real place? I always thought it was somewhere between Lilliput and Oz.

Chester Draws

My guess would be that it has something to do with the country being around one quarter "new Belgians" and a large slice of them from North Africa and Turkey

Both right and wrong. Belgium is indeed about a quarter immigrant, but it is only 5% Moslem. There are more French and Dutch in Belgium than Turks, for example.

The largest group of immigrants and their descendants in Belgium are Italians, with more than 450,000 people, which is well over 4% of Belgium's total population. The Moroccans are the third-largest group, and the largest Muslim ethnic group, numbering 220,000.

The rest consists mostly of French-speaking people from Brussels, Turks, Kurds[14], Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spaniards, Greeks, Bosniaks, Algerians, Congolese, Vietnamese, Poles, Indians, and Guineans (around 23% of Belgium's population is of non-Belgian origin).

Governor Squid

Exactly 14 Kurds? Seems oddly specific.

I wonder if they all know each other?

Hal

I wonder if they all know each other?

Heh.

But yes, noting the % mixed in with the [], that 14 does rather look like a wiki footnote number, and indeed, yes . . .

Governor Squid

Hal, I realize you don't know me, but you should probably do yourself a favor and assume all my snarky comments from now on are in fact snarky comments, and not a failure to recognize an obvious cut-and-paste job out of Wiki.

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