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Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital to Remove Portraits of White Male Doctors

Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital to Remove Portraits of White Male Doctors

“will create a “sense of belonging” for women and minority employees and students”

I hope Harvard Medical alums object to this. Who is next to be erased from history?

The College Fix reports:

Harvard teaching hospital to take down portraits of prestigious white male doctors

A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School will take down portraits of prestigious white male doctors that adorn a venerable amphitheater and scatter them throughout the grounds in a new diversity and inclusion effort.

Of the 31 various doctors and department heads that have their paintings hung in the Louis Bornstein Family Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, all are men, 30 are white, and one is Chinese. They’ve been described as “pioneers of medicine,” and getting a portrait hung there is something great to aspire to, according to the white male doctor who most recently had his image installed, Dr. Ron Walls, founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

But apparently having a cluster of white male doctors’ portraits — great as they may be — sends a message to employees and students that “white men are in charge,” Dr. Jeroan Allison, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School who researches health disparities, told the Boston Globe, which first reported the news.

A hospital official told the Globe removing the portraits will create a “sense of belonging” for women and minority employees and students.

The Washington Free Beacon reported on some of the medical luminaries whose portraits will be swept off to lesser locations, including:

… Dr. Harvey Cushing, the “father of neurosurgery,” who studied at Harvard and Yale and became surgeon-in-chief at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1913. Cushing operated on hundreds of patients each year with “remarkable results,” and his meticulous notes and case studies provided the “history of neurological medicine from its beginning.”

Another prominent portrait to be moved is Dr. William Councilman, the first chief pathologist at Brigham Hospital. Cushing described Councilman as “a man of ardent and generous enthusiasms” and an “inspiring teacher for the young and such a delightful companion both for young and old.”


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e pluribus unum | June 17, 2018 at 7:58 pm

Harvard and all the other so-called “elite” schools are quickly sliding into irrelevancy. They jump on every silly bandwagon the children scream about.
Who needs them? A degree from Harvard should include an asterisk denoting lack of rigor due to adherance to political correctness.

I found it interesting that they neglected to mention those 17 years in Cushing’s career when he was developing neurosurgery as a specialty at Hopkins. They just borrowed him from us. Harvard probably had to big pretty deep to come up with 30 portraits. 😉

Perhaps they could hang up multiple pictures of mediocre minority and female doctors and cite them as being mediocre thereby given the medical students who see them a goal to strive towards.

Some people are born mediocre,
Some people achieve mediocrity,
And others have mediocrity thrust upon them.
Nothing says excellence bettr than telling so many to strive towards their mediocre, but SJW correct, role model. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged was supposed to be a fictional novel, not the headlines of today.

Harvard is just following standard procedure as explained by the Ministry of Truth: “Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”

The SJWs control the present at Harvard, and they will continue to re-write the past in hopes of controlling the future. Joseph Lister did not develop antiseptic surgery. In the current reality, it was a minority transgender female homosexual who discovered it, and Lister stole the credit.

    MajorWood in reply to OldProf2. | June 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I gargle with Bourbon instead of Listerine cause it gets you high twice as fast and your mouth twice as clean.

i guess they are all for minorities to aspire to greatness — unless that minority is an Asian-American and then we don’t even want you on campus.