Suzanne Gordon

Suzanne Gordon is the Senior Policy Fellow at the Veterans' Health Care Policy Institute, as well as a journalist and co-editor of a Cornell University Press series on health-care work and policy issues. Her latest book is The Battle for Veterans' Healthcare: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Policy Making and Patient Care. She has won a Special Recognition Award from Disabled American Veterans for her writing on veterans' health issues, much of which has appeared in The American Prospect. Her website is

Recent Articles

It's All in Her Head

PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine, by Sally Satel, M.D. Basic Books, 256 pages, $27.00. Are you concerned about the fact that 44 million Americans lack health insurance and that millions of senior citizens are struggling to pay for medicine prescribed by their doctors? Are you troubled by the denial of necessary care by HMOs--or by other well-publicized abuses of "managed care?" Do hospital closings in your community make you worry about how long it will take to reach an emergency room if you ever have chest pains or an accident? Do you wonder what kind of treatment you'll receive in the hospital or a nursing home amidst a serious national nursing shortage? Well, Sally Satel--a psychiatrist and fellow of the American Enterprise Institute--has news for you: While these issues are "pressing," you're fretting about the wrong things. What's really hazardous to our health in America is a plague of "indoctrinologists." These are people who have "swooped in under the...

Doc Hollywood

Physicians have always had a symbiotic relationship with Hollywood. From Lew Ayres in the 1930s Dr. Kildare films to Andre Braugher in Gideon's Crossing and Melina Kanakaredes in Providence, movie studios and TV networks have enlisted the support of individual doctors and their organizations to provide story ideas, expert advice, and, more recently, high-tech medical equipment and snappy jargon. As Joseph Turow documented in his book Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling and Medical Power, medicine has exacted a high price for its cooperation and seal of approval. Directors, producers, and screenwriters once were expected to portray doctors and their treatments in the best possible light, reinforce their conservative values, and support the kind of public policy and scientific agendas doctors favor. (For example, Hollywood mirrored organized medicine's opposition to so-called socialized medicine and downplayed the limitations or failures of expensive high-tech and experimental...