Why ridding medicine of its ‘white dude’ legacy is a bad idea

A few weeks ago, a rigorous debate erupted on social media about the alleged need to remove the names of ‘dead white dudes’ from anatomy textbooks, particularly those that have been applied to female body parts.

Dr Kirsten Small, an obstetrician and lecturer at the Gold Coast’s Griffith University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, told her Twitter followers: “I teach anatomy and have found there is always an alternative to the dead man’s name for body parts.”