Age and sex of surgeons and mortality of older surgical patients: observational studyBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1343 (Published 25 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1343
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I am disappointed by the difference in the treatment of this research by mainstream media compared to another earlier paper on the same topic (Ref1), prompting me to ask several questions:
Where is the cross-promotion?
The self-righteousness and calls for more affirmative action?
The outcry for safer surgeons by gender?
6 months ago I got to hear from many media and social outlets about the other research with ground breaking revelations even before I got the regular BMJ newsletter email; now there is barely a whimper on a study which appears to offer a very different conclusion.
Surely a study involving 8 times more patients than the previous research, stands for some credibility?
Is the difference in treatment due to the inconvenient truth: that under the same selection, training and existing standards, there should really be no big difference in the quality of the surgeons by gender, creed or ethnicity?
Or do they do things up north in Canada differently from their southern brother/sisterhood?
If there is a genuine discriminating factor in this issue, it is how the media and certain aspects of the public promote their hidden agenda through dividing the profession along certain characteristics.
Funny though, if you think of the many original progressive social warriors who spent their lives during the last 50 years trying to promote the idea that there should be no difference in abilities between genders, and now we are dealing with this?
"Anything you can do, I can do better"; Betty Hutton's song may prove prophetic in how some people want to have their cake and eat it
1. Wallis CJ, Ravi B, Coburn N, Nam RK, Detsky AS, Satkunasivam R. Comparison of postoperative outcomes among patients treated by male and female surgeons: a population based matched cohort study. BMJ 2017;359:j4366.
Competing interests: I happen to belong to the gender that is exonerated by this study as some may suggest.