I just noticed a couple of my recent posts…. these people have it wrong, and that person has it wrong. One of these days I really need to print something positive and uplifting. But not today.
Excuse the self-flattery, but I like to think of myself as a physician scientist. That concept motivated my PhD work, and cost me friend after friend in the years that followed! A physician scientist isn’t all that difficult to be from an educational standpoint, especially in the age of the internet. The one thing that is necessary is the willingness, or need, to question every assumption by the media, the government, physicians, laypersons, and other scientists. Ideally, the questions are guided by a knowledge of p-values, the process by which scientific grants are awarded, an understanding of the peer-review process, and the realization that anyone elected to office knows less about science than most other humans on the planet.
Last night I came across an opinion piece– I think in the Bangor Daily News, but I could be wrong about that– that argued that we will never stem the heroin epidemic without use of medications. The comment section after the article was filled with the usual angry banter over methadone and buprenorphine that now follows every article about medication assisted treatment. As an aside, why are the abstinence-based treatment people so angry about medication? There are people out there who choose to treat cancer using crystals, but they don’t spend time bashing monoclonal antibodies!