Humanity in Medicine: Relic or Right?

It was about two weeks ago, February 12, 2019 to be exact, when Neurology (the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology) published an article that caused what some would call a stir. This also happened to be the week that Valentine's Day fell on. Like so many other holidays usurped by corporations, Valentine's Day is often forcibly thrust upon us, even in academic circles. So it is unsurprising that many among us may have expected our inboxes and notifications to be filled with lighthearted content to this end, for example an editorial filled to the brim with cardiology puns. Or maybe an article about the chemical and neurologic changes that occur when a person falls in love. Predictable and light-hearted, but appropriate. What none of us were expecting, save for the individuals who wrote, edited and published the piece, was the dizzying reminder of the racist history, misogynistic  leanings, and toxic superficiality, that still plagues many of our “trusted” institutions.