The Wall Street Journal op-ed pages are still reeling from a Sept. 13 commentary from Stanley Goldfarb, MD, a professor and former associate dean at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
WSJ published a roundup of responses from physicians who wrote in to oppose Dr. Goldfarb’s view, making the case that gun violence and climate change do in fact affect patient care from a public health perspective. Another physician took issue with Dr. Goldfarb’s identification of embedding social issues into medical education as a “new” phenomenon. Samantha Ahdoot, MD, chair of Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action, wrote that Dr. Goldfarb’s views are dismissive of science. “That a physician of Dr. Goldfarb’s stature would publicly express this extreme view is testament to the highly successful and unfortunate politicalization [sic] of a scientific matter that affects the life, health and welfare of every person,” she said.