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In Switzerland, doctors were censured after expressing their concerns

Publié le 11 décembre 2023

(trad. Deepl)

"Disturbed." This is the term chosen by Urs Eiholzer, Director of the Center for Pediatric Endocrinology in Zurich, to describe his state after reading two articles on the subject of transidentity that appeared in the "Swiss Medical Forum" (SMF), one of Switzerland's leading medical journals.

Contacted, he explains: "I have no problem with gender diversity. I'm a pediatrician. What matters to me are children and adolescents. And in the articles in question, they are put on an equal footing with adults. I don't believe, for example, that a 12-year-old girl's wish for a sex change should be accepted without question." From Urs Eiholzer's point of view, the articles should be considered as opinions and not as specialized scientific articles.

One-sided, unproven view promoted by activists

Urs Eiholzer expressed his point of view in a three-page letter to the SMF editorial board. The magazine's editorial team also received a second letter, signed by two other doctors: Daniel Halperin, a pediatrician from Geneva, and Jacques de Haller, former president of the FMH. Independently of Urs Eiholzer, the two French-speaking doctors also felt obliged to react to the two articles published in SMF. They, too, are dismayed, they, too, are concerned for the children and adolescents concerned, and they, too, criticize the presentation as scientific of something that is in reality a "one-sided, unproven vision promoted by activists". The review fails to mention the existing conflict of interest, the two French-speaking doctors also point out.


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