A medical journal apologized and pulled an article that referred to surgeons using male pronouns throughout.
“This does not represent our views at Annals of Surgery and we sincerely apologize for this oversight in our production process,” the publication's editors said in a statement after readers pointed out the gaffe. “Unfortunately our own editorial review did not catch the singular use of male pronouns to refer to surgeons.”
The article will be republished with gender inclusive language, the board said.
It’s not the first time that women physicians have spoken out about bias—not by a long shot. Last fall, social media exploded after a flight attendant turned down the help of a young black female doctor--assuming she couldn’t be a real physician. That controversy birthed the hashtag #whatadoctorlookslike.
Last week, a new study that looked at who receives recognition awards from medical societies found zero or near-zero representation of women physicians.
Lead author Julie K. Silver, M.D., said the report isn’t really about the awards, it’s about opening doors for women physicians.
The Annals of Surgery article, “Modern Surgeon: Still a Master of His Trade or Just an Operator of Medical Equipment?” was a published copy of the presidential address of the European Surgical Association delivered by Marek Krawczyk.
On a Retraction Watch blog, editor Keith D. Lillemoe pointed out the address was delivered in April by the past ESA president in Polish. The Polish pronoun “his,” he said, is not gender specific.