Wed. Dec 8th, 2021

Commentary It is not easy to produce a document that is at once unctuous, verbose and ill-written, self-satisfied and self-important, dishonest, sentimental, bullying and sinister, but the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges, with their recent joint 54-page “Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts,” has managed it. The guide is an attempt to change the world by means of changing terminology. Let us start with the unctuousness that is closely associated with its pervasive dishonesty: “The AAMC and AMA… mourn the loss of life and liberty of millions of others who have historically been oppressed, exploited, excluded, segregated, experimented upon and dehumanized in the U.S. over centuries.” Here is an attempt at emotional inflation, typical of the moral exhibitionism of our times. By mourn we usually mean the feeling of deep sorrow for the loss of somebody or something whom or that …

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

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