Recently, a series of police killings of unarmed African Americans has renewed attention to the history of abuses and institutional racism in the United States. This national conversation has led to institutional name changes (eg, removing Woodrow Wilson’s name from the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs) and removal of monuments (eg, John C. Calhoun in Charleston, South Carolina) whose namesakes supported white supremacy. In medicine, named lectureships, professorships, and other honorifics are used to solidify the legacies of individuals deemed important. In a moment with calls for diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism, physicians can use this as an opportunity to reflect on who is honored and whether they speak to current values. One such example is the legacy of dermatologist Albert Kligman.
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Adamson AS, Lipoff JB. Reconsidering Named Honorifics in Medicine—the Troubling Legacy of Dermatologist Albert Kligman. JAMA Dermatol. 2021;157(2):153–155. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.4570
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