The article is titled "Head Nurses" and the journal is "Atrium," a faculty-produced bioethics journal published by Northwestern University's (NU) Feinberg School of Medicine.
What's not in dispute is that article suddenly disappeared from NU's website last year, as did the archived issue of the journal. What had been cloaked in secrecy for the past year is who took the article down and why.
Of course, that silence caused the stormy petrels to protest that NU administrators had violated academic freedom.
While Peace believed he was illuminating the taboo of disability and sex and chronicling a part of medical history circa 1978, his scholarship appears to have illuminated a bit too much about the taboo, at least in the judgment of NU Medical School's administrators.
The guest editor of the issue was NU professor of Medical Education and Medical Humanities and Bioethics Alice D. Dreger. Soon after the issue's publication, Dreger said, NU Medical School administrators asked the journal's editorial team to expunge parts of the essay from the web. Why? The content was considered inflammatory and too damaging to the new Northwestern Medicine "brand."
Although the editorial team objected to the administration’s request, the team expressed its displeasure by removing not only Peace's essay and the issue in which it appeared but also the entire Atrium archive.
It took more than one year for NU Medical School officials to relent and repost the article and Atrium archives. However, Dreger notes, NU Medical School officials still proposed an editorial review committee for future Atrium content.
Just when you think you've heard it all! This was all about "branding."
Let the discussion begin...
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