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2018 is forcing doctors to be advocates as well as healers

15 November 2018 The Spinoff - Opinion: Jin Russell

Treating the types of conditions and injuries which present in this era requires doctors to become advocates as well as healers, writes Dr Jin Russell.

Last Thursday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) posted a deeply provocative and surprisingly idiotic tweet about doctors in the United States.

This move was a retaliation against an email from the Annals of Internal Medicine, a high impact medical journal issued by the American College of Physicians (ACP), highlighting firearm-related research and the release of the ACP’s most recent position paper on firearms. The NRA article accompanying the tweet accused the medical profession of “respecting their own rights and opinions far more than they do those of law-abiding gun owners” and, shockingly, of publication bias in favour of gun-control.

There’s a saying about letting sleeping dogs lie. Better yet, there’s the Hogwart’s motto from Harry Potter – ”Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus“, or, “Never tickle a sleeping dragon“. The NRA would’ve been better to have left the Medical Dragon alone.

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