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Semengate Strikes the American College of Surgeons

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the leaving-a-bad-taste-in-your-mouth dept.

Medicine 10

Frosty Piss writes "Lazar Greenfield, M.D. is no ordinary surgeon. Until last week, he was the president-elect of the American College of Surgeons, and was also the lead editor of the Surgery News. In the February issue, he penned some thoughts on Valentine's Day under the heading of 'Gut Feelings.' Greenfield proceeded to then discuss the mating habits of fruit flies, and the rotifer. In each case, Dr. Greenfield made sure to reference to the scientific literature. Then he turned his attention to humans. Dr. Greenfield noted the therapeutic effects of semen, citing research from the Archives of Sexual Behavior which found that female college students practicing unprotected sex were less likely to suffer from depression than those whose partners used condoms (as well as those who remained abstinent). His comments apparently didn't sit well in certain quarters. Dr. Greenfield was forced to resign as editor of the Surgery News and gave up his stewardship of ACS after learning that his article had spurred threats of protests from outside women's groups."

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Typical America (1)

JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) | more than 3 years ago | (#35942340)

This isn't the truth I want people to know, lets get this guy fired!

Re:Typical America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35942624)

This isn't the truth I want people to know, lets get this guy fired!

It's good he was fired, the idiot didn't detect the obvious correlation between the number of people that wear condoms before and after getting an STD to protect partners - which are known to cause depression themselves. He was going for shock-awe-shortsightedness and is a discredit to his field. He should be stripped of his degrees and if he ever got a government grant should be jailed for fraud.

Re:Typical America (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35943298)

He should be stripped of his degrees and if he ever got a government grant should be jailed for fraud.

And this is why people who lack critical reasoning skills should not be allowed to have their opinions count.

Frankly, we think people are over reacting to the comments made by Dr. Lazar Greenfield. There is growing evidence that human semen has the potential to produce profound effects on women. We have replicated the effects showing female college students having sex without condoms are less depressed as measured by objective scores on the Beck Depression Inventory. We've also examined the data as a function of whether the students were using hormonal contraceptives, whether they were in committed relationships, and how long these relationships have lasted. The anti-depressant properties of semen exposure do not vary as function of any of these conditions. It is not a question of whether females are sexually active, since students having sex with condoms show the same level of depression as those who are not having sex at all. We have also received numerous semen testimonials from other women who attest to the anti-depressant effects of semen exposure and these accounts often include the use of control trials (i.e., comparisons generated by switching from condoms to unprotected sex, or vice a versa).

Re:Typical America (1)

Dr Max (1696200) | more than 3 years ago | (#35952002)

This isn't the truth I'm pretty sure he got in trouble for mentioning the evidence of fruit BATS (not fruit flies) giving fellatio.

Re:Typical America (1)

Dr Max (1696200) | more than 3 years ago | (#35952236)

Sorry I'm thinking of a different doctor. The article is quite truthful.

Who made the threats? (1)

oni (41625) | more than 3 years ago | (#35942800)

his article had spurred threats of protests from outside women's groups

I would like to see the actual threats. I'd like to see what points they made.

Re:Who made the threats? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35989796)

They'd boycott surgery and heal their own wounds with the power of Gaia.

Well, so much for freedom of speech ... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35943012)

Apparently, the right not to be offended has trumped the freedom of speech and right to make a joke.

A light hearted, tongue-in-cheek column leads to a respected surgeon from resigning his post because a bunch of outside protestors objects to his op-ed piece.

Who are these groups who protested, and why do they carry enough clout to pressure the American College of Surgeons?

My wife never believes me either (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35948664)

I've been telling my wife for years that "it'll cure what ails ya".

Got a cold? check
Soar throat? check
Back pain? check
Need some moisturizer? check

This guy clearly had his wife convinced, and in so doing got cocky enough to write it down and try to convince other women.

Maybe it's not the semen (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35950946)

Maybe just the feeling of the direct contact of the genital organs, unobstructed by a layer of rubber, is what is causing the pleasant feelings and the better mood, instead of the semen. It's quite obvious that sex without condom is more pleasant. More pleasure quite obviously translates to less depression. I think it has nothing to do with semen.

Also, maybe the less depressive people are already more likely to engage in sex without condoms, because they seek more pleasure. Have the researchers accounted for this possibility?

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