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NPR interview and book excerpt from "How Doctors Think"

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Kyla, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. Kyla

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    Would love to read this book; thanks for posting that link @Kyla.
     
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  3. msf

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    It reminds me of the famous chapter in the Natural History of Iceland, on Snakes in Iceland, which read: Snakes in Iceland; there aren´t any.

    For some doctors a similar chapter would be appropriate: How some doctors think; they don´t.
     
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    What if other "professionals" acted the same way - got an idea in their heads based on very little evidence (e.g., the sound of someone's voice) and acted on it - e.g., lawyers, architects, engineers - they would be out of business so fast. Yet doctors are dealing with our lives and it's extremely discouraging to read about how doctors "think", for I don't call it thinking, when they refuse to look at evidence or to listen to their patients.
     
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    It's no surprise to me that doctors don't do much thinking. After all, every American is expected to spend at least a dozen years in the hands of an institution designed to discourage thinking. Americans seem to think that public education is "broken". They are unable to understand that the goal is to manufacture compliant workers who will think what they are told to think.

    I have seen little indication that medical school is substantively different. Drug and device manufacturers certainly wouldn't want doctors to question the baloney being peddled by the companies.
     
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  6. msf

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    My friend made an interesting point about this recently, namely that quite a lot of medical school is based around the memorisation of facts, rather than theorising about how different facts might be related. This is for the very good reason that they have to be able to diagnose many different illnesses based on many different symptoms, but it is not a good base to build theories of a disease on. These theoretical skills are hopefully learnt by medical researchers in the course of their research, but it does mean that a lot of GPs and others who do not have a strong research background do not seem to be able to theorise in this way.
     
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    Researchers are definitely better at understanding complex cases in my view. The other thing I suggest to people with misunderstood conditions is to find a doctor with the same health issues as you have.
     
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    What an indictment!
     
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    Another insight into drs' thinking:
    http://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2015/05/10/medicine-science-or-religion/
    (thanks to Suzy Chapman)

     
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