Jack Butler writes for National Review Online about the impact of woke policies on medicine.

Thanks to greater government involvement in medicine, the ties between academia and the practice of medicine, and other pressures (with George Floyd’s death serving as a special catalyst), medical-school curricula, professional medical associations, and other aspects of the field increasingly reflect and transmit left-wing ideology. Take a look at some med-school curricula:

The Harvard Medical School course “Caring for Patients with Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Sex Development” promises that “clinical exposure and education will focus on serving gender and sexual minority people across the lifespan, from infants to older adults.” An Indiana University Medical School “Sex and Gender Primer” for first-year students stresses that sex and gender “fall along a continuum, rather than being binary constructs,” and provides instruction on the use of “inclusive terminology.” A June 2020 letter from medical-school faculty at the University of California, San Diego, referred to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and committed to creating “a curriculum which addresses the part we play in righting these systemic injustices” and using “these tragic events to strengthen our resolve.” …

… Unfortunately, more examples of this general trend abound. In City Journal, Ian Kingsbury, director of research at Do No Harm (which specializes in documenting and fighting the politicization in medicine), describes one: The New England Journal of Medicine is denying that there could be any biological basis for the greater risk black women have for preeclampsia, a dangerous pregnancy complication involving high blood pressure.

The higher risk must, instead, be the fault of “the stress imposed by structural and individual racism.” It correctly observes that black females born in the U.S. are likelier to have preeclampsia than black women born elsewhere, and that those in the latter group who have lived here ten years or more are likelier to have it than those who have lived here for fewer years. But these differences have plausible explanations. They’re just not one that the newly politicized medical field wants to hear: genetics and behavior.