Saturday, July 22, 2017

Medical College Re: Dr. Paul McHugh

Dr. Paul McHugh
This comes to us from Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. BCM is ranked 8th best in the country by US News (21st in research). The piece is titled “Alternative science: The importance of informed policymaking.”

The author is Cody Brannan. Brannan is a graduate student of Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University interning with the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine.

Brannan seems to politely call McHugh a quack while proving, once again, that there are a few sane people in Texas (who are greatly outnumbered by crazy people):
You’ve probably heard the phrase “alternative facts” by now. Suddenly, “alternative” is part of our vocabulary as a popular characterization for falsehoods that are portrayed as facts.

However, one of the most dangerous alternatives may be “alternative science,” which can cause damage through ill-informed policies and public deception.

One example of alternative science is the case of Dr. Paul McHugh, retired professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. He has used his platform to introduce misinformation about LGBTQ people into areas of policy-making all the way up to the Supreme Court.

McHugh published a special report on sexuality and gender in The New Atlantis, a bioethics journal that is not peer-reviewed. The report, which was disavowed by his colleagues, challenges the belief that LGBTQ individuals are “born that way.” Use of this report in policymaking runs the risk of increasing stigmatization of the LGBTQ community.

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