Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Cleveland Clinic doctor spread anti-vaccine views. He's not alone among MDs.; Vox, 1/8/17

Julia Belluz, Vox; A Cleveland Clinic doctor spread anti-vaccine views. He's not alone among MDs.

"Let’s not forget Dr. Mehmet Oz, a board-certified surgeon and faculty member at Columbia University, who is now almost as famous for his magical thinking about medicine as he is for his Emmy Award-winning TV show. (He’s given a platform to other doctors with anti-vaccine sentiments, such as Joe Mercola.)

The medical profession has been struggling with how to deal with dangerous doctor talk, since doctors can pretty much say anything and keep their medical licenses (outside of the doctor-patient context). But with a president-elect coming into the White House who has also shared anti-vaccine rhetoric, the medical profession better think about how to deal with its rogue members, and get better at spreading the message about why we desperately need vaccines."

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