A father and son returning from a soccer game get into a car crash on the way home. They are rushed to the hospital. Sadly, the father dies in the ambulance on the way. When they arrive at the hospital, the critically injured boy is rushed to the operating room, but the surgeon refuses to operate saying, “I can’t operate on this child; he’s my son.”
Who is the surgeon?
This classic riddle highlights the prevalence of implicit bias in medicine. Even now, in 2019, many adults struggle to come up with the correct answer. The surgeon is, of course, a woman. She is the child’s mother.
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Lukela JR. What’s in a Name? JAMA. 2019;322(3):211–212. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.8647
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