Virtual Mentor. September 2014
This month in Virtual Mentor
Physicians as Agents of Social Change
The September issue of Virtual Mentor explores physicians’ role in addressing the myriad nonmedical factors—such as poverty and economic justice, climate change and environmental stewardship, marriage equality and human rights—that affect human health. There is danger that well-intentioned physicians with little expertise on such “non-bedside” matters may be taken as authorities because of their professional status. On the other hand, these social, economic, and environmental ills threaten the health and welfare of the public. Ignoring them is like treating the symptoms of disease rather than its cause, and that is not the best way to practice medicine.
Treating Presymptomatically Audiey C. Kao, MD, PhD Like the critics of Dr. King’s anti-Vietnam War fight, some think physicians should stick to medical matters when advocating publically.
Advocate as a Doctor or Advocate as a Citizen? Commentary by Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH Invoking one’s medical training when presenting an opinion on a topic about which one has no expertise is simply cloaking one's personal views in the mantle of respectability that being a doctor provides.
A Call to Service: Social Justice Is a Public Health Issue Commentary by Martin Donohoe, MD, and Gordon Schiff, MD Unless we build bridges between our clinical work with patients and the public health mission that Virchow prescribed for us, we are doomed to futility in our efforts to help our patients.
October Ethics in Reproductive Care
November Medicine’s Role in Validating Sexual Norms
December Telemedicine’s Challenges for the Medical Profession
January Intervening in the Brain: Ethics and Neurosurgery
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