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Doc resigns over Valentine’s Day joke

An editorial comment in a medical journal was meant to amuse — but it ended up costing one doctor his job.

Dr. Lazar Greenfield has resigned from his position as president-elect of the American College of Surgeons after a controversy following his February editorial in the organization’s newspaper, Surgery News.

In the editorial, Greenfield cited recent research that indicates semen may have chemicals in it that have a mood-enhancing effect on women. He went on to write: “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.”

The comment angered many readers who felt it had no place in a professional journal, and that it exposed a macho, sexist attitude in the field.

Greenfield apologized for the remark, and eventually resigned to avoid having the incident remain a distraction for the organization.

However, some members of the organization say Greenfield’s resignation isn’t enough, because the comment was only a symptom of a much larger problem within the field.

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