As much as people glorify the profession of medicine, it is still one of the most underrated fields out there. Special thanks to the accessibility of the internet, no doubt.

People have grown a sense of distrust towards doctors or medical personnel, based on the event a friend says “It’s probably nothing, the doctor didn’t run many tests or ask many questions” or the internet tells them that they are dying of cancer.

Wake up. The internet cannot diagnose a cancer for you. If you ask someone who is actually in the medical line, they’d do one of two things:

  1. Defend themselves; or
  2. Do the right thing and tell you that diagnosis is not a simple thing that people combine their ‘symptoms’, not knowing that if it even is a symptom
  3. BONUS: They could do (1) and (2) because 99% of the time they know better than you do, unless you’re a medical professional as well but then I wouldn’t need to tell you all this.

Parents are being overprotective of their children. Children are being overprotective of their parents. Friends, family, relatives, etc.

Be it wanting a prescription for a common bacterial flu in fear of it developing into something actually bad, or refusing vaccinations in fear of it developing into something actually bad. In either case, people are stupid to want unnecessary things and not want necessary things.

Patients complain about doctors being incompetent and that they take too long to diagnose or start treatment or actually treat the patient. It’s not that the patient doesn’t know why, it’s that the patient doesn’t want to know why. Putting the blame on people who are trying to save lives. Be it the doctor is a genius or just getting by, they all swore the Oath to protect and save lives. Patients are the ones getting in the way.

I think of all this because there are people dismissing and slandering doctors’ advice without actually knowing the science behind it. And I believe in rationalisation over emotion. Emotion is useless. Rationalising gets stuff done.

I’m not going to put up with snarky remarks on things you don’t bother with clarification. Save yourself if you don’t trust your doctors.

Author: Bryan Yap

Food enthusiast, amateur photographer & aspiring revolutionary

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