Top Surgeon Resigns Over ... Semen Editorial

Dr. Lazar Greenfield would have been American College of Surgeons prez
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2011 11:34 AM CDT
Stock photo of a surgeon who is not Dr. Lazar Greenfield.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Note to medical professionals: It may not be a wise move to recommend that men give women "semen" as a Feb. 14 present. An ill-advised Valentine's Day editorial touting the mood-lifting effects of semen on women who have unprotected sex has led to the resignation of Dr. Lazar Greenfield, former president-elect of the American College of Surgeons. Greenfield, 78, had previously resigned as editor-in-chief of Surgery News, which published the editorial. In it, Greenfield speculated that semen acts a sort of antidepressant, citing research stating that female college students who had unprotected sex were less depressed than those whose partners used condoms.

One of the editorial's lines: "So there’s a deeper bond between men and women than St. Valentine would have suspected, and now we know there’s a better gift for that day than chocolates." In an email statement to the New York Times, Greenfield says he wishes people would "read the article in the spirit in which it was intended," but many women in his field say the editorial is indicative of a macho culture in the profession.

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