Friday, October 07, 2016
Democratic Doctors Deal With People, Republican Doctors Deal With Bodies
An interesting new Yale study measured the partisanship of doctors in different medical specialties. Many specialities split close to evenly between Democrats and Republicans. Overall, doctors who have a party are slightly more Democratic than Republican, 54% to 46%.
At the extremes, though, there are significant differences in partisan alignment by medical specialty.
The two most Republican specialties are Surgery, at 67%, and Anesthesiology, at 65%. The two most Democratic specialties are Infectious Diseases, at 77%, and Psychiatry, at 76%.
The thing that stands out to me is that the doctors who most have to deal with conscious people who talk about lives quite different from the doctor's own are likely to be Democrats. The doctors who deal with unconscious bodies whose lives they need to know the least about are likely to be Republicans.
Some have speculated that Republicans go into the highest paying specialties for the money. I think, though, that is is more likely that Democrats are more likely to chose to deal with patients most harmed by the way they live and have been acted on. Care for the Harmed is a core liberal value.