question your science professional
May 1, 2001 10:50 PM   Subscribe

question your science professional MD, PhD, specialist. I've always thought you should seriously question their input on all their advise but most ppl don't.
posted by greyscale (6 comments total)
 
Doctors and Science professionals are generally (in my limited experience) more screwed up than the average joe. And if you don't believe me, perhaps the story gives us all a good reason to doubt them.
posted by greyscale at 10:51 PM on May 1, 2001


Doubt them? You mean... be skeptical? Like a scientist?
posted by techgnollogic at 11:16 PM on May 1, 2001


Just like in every day life there are some bad seeds in the scientific community. That's what makes everything average. And of course you should always doubt scientists, doctors etc. They're only people....
posted by nonharmful at 12:25 AM on May 2, 2001


Ms. Gilchrist was hired by the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1980 as a crime laboratory chemist and had undergone training at the F.B.I. academy in Quantico, Va., as well as the Serological Research Institute in Emeryville, Calif.

Note: no PhD or MD.

Let's stop the overly broad slanders.
posted by LAM at 5:41 AM on May 2, 2001


In my experience medical doctors are whacked in the head. Many think they know it all but when questions are asked and they can't provide an answer they do their best to get you the hell out to preserve their egos. I've had doctors tell me my illness doesn't exist because they haven't heard of it. I guess they should call the feds because NIH is spending a pretty penny on research.
posted by @homer at 6:21 AM on May 2, 2001


I went to my doctor a while ago with some serious back problems (I couldn't bend forwards more than about three inches). He wanted me to get an MRI, and I could tell he was hinting as surgery.

I said "screw that" (not out loud) and went to see a chiropractor instead. A simple X-Ray showed him what was wrong, and a couple months later, I'm almost good as new. Lots of loud popping noises, no knives. No MRIs.

I don't really fault my physician for that, though. He was probably doing what he thought was best, in his more general scope of knowledge. Someone who specializes in the spine is obviously going to be able to give a better diagnosis. Still, I'm glad I didn't go ahead with his suggestion, even if I do have to pay $30 per visit now because of my stupid insurance =P
posted by CrayDrygu at 11:43 AM on May 2, 2001


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