Carson not ‘being used’

06/18/2014 5:46 PM

06/18/2014 5:47 PM

The most troublesome prejudices are those held by those who don’t realize that they are working from a fixed mindset.

Otherwise well-meaning people can do or say harmful things. Doctors are taught to be cautious about this. Anytime physicians think they are dealing with patients who are drug-seeking, or malingering, or has a low pain tolerance, they look again and then look a third time to make sure they are not missing something because of a prejudiced opinion.

This approach would have helped Bob Ray Sanders in his article on Ben Carson.

In an otherwise hagiographic piece, he states that Carson is “being used,” by whom not being particularly clear.

Indeed. Carson was acclaimed among his colleagues for doing operations nobody thought he would try long before he was famous for saying things nobody thought he would say. Rather than “being used” — extremely unlikely for Carson — it is more probable that Carson is saying things of his own volition that do not fit Sanders’ mindset of what he should be saying.

— Stephen L. Brotherton, M.D., Fort Worth

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