Doctors are not ScientistsSubmitted by laundryhead on Sat, 05/17/2014 - 11:44
I ran across this comment (http://www.dailypaul.com/316461#comment-3382901) and felt compelled to reiterate the point, that "most" doctors are not scientists.
I have several medical professionals within my close circle of family and friends. While a few, are in fact scientists, they will all attest to the fact that "evidence based practice" is hardly based on evidence.
The medical guidelines they must adhere to are very strict. They are not allowed to "practice" the administration of unapproved methods, modalities, or "drugs." They are only allowed to "practice" the game they have been taught.
Robert Smith, editor of BMJ.com, states "As medical students they were filled full with information on biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, and other sciences, but information does not a scientist make—otherwise, you could become a scientist by watching the Discovery channel.
A scientist is somebody who constantly questions, generates falsifiable hypotheses, and collects data from well designed experiments—the kind of people who brush their teeth on only one side of their mouth to see whether brushing your teeth has any benefit. Most doctors follow familiar patterns and rules, often improvising around those rules. In their methods of working they are more like jazz musicians than scientists."
"If doctors are not scientists then it seems odd to supply them, as medical journals do, with a steady stream of original scientific studies. Teachers and social workers are not sent original research. Nurses are sent some, but are they simply aping the illogical ways of doctors?
The inevitable consequence is that most readers of medical journals don't read the original articles. They may scan the abstract, but it's the rarest of beasts who reads an article from beginning to end, critically appraising it as he or she goes. Indeed, most doctors are incapable of critically appraising an article. They have never been trained to do so. Instead, they must accept the judgment of the editorial team and its peer reviewers—until one of the rare beasts writes in and points out that a study is scientifically nonsensical."
You are personally responsible for your healthcare. You shouldn't take the pills, have the surgeries, or get the treatments until you are fully aware and understand all potential outcomes and are willing to accept the results of those outcomes, no matter what they might be.
It is, afterall, just a practice.