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Author:  DougA. [ Thu May 07, 2020 10:10 am ]
Post subject:  Medical egos

Main stream medicine has always looked down on alternative physicians and most certainly herbalists. Here is an interesting view from Dr. Andrew Johnstone on the fighting of egos within the profession. It is in response to all of the differing opinions on how to Treat Covid-19:

May 6, 2020

The other thing we must remember is that although it would seem that all of us who made it through rigorous years of academic training in our respective disciplines of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or whatever, have something to contribute, and should listen to one another.

The REALITY is that those who make the most money due to the niche they selected, tend to think of themselves as therefore brighter than everyone else.

Even though I graduated Summa Cum Laude from six years of pharmacy school, I remember first-year medical school students speaking to me as if I were some fool who really wanted to be a doctor, but couldn't get in to med school and decided to 'settle' for pharmacy school. When I graduated in the top 5% of my medical school class four years later, and selected Family Practice as a residency, I remember those in radiology, urology, ophthalmology, and other high-dollar specialties telling me I'd "wasted my potential" and then after residency and practice, I have had the pleasure of having former classmates who were in the bottom fourth (or worse) of our medical school class talk-down to me as if I'm an imbecile, just because I'm a family physician.

THAT is the reality, and when you have a busy, overwhelmed, intensivist or pulmonologist or internist seeing CV-19 patients and having trouble salvaging them, instead of LISTENING to those of us who may use drugs like hydroxychloroquine, or low-dose naltrexone, or are familiar with what things like eicosapentaenoic acid or plain old zinc do physiologically, they write off everything we contribute as silly, because of course since we have no clue as to Swan-Ganz management or prone ventilator management, we must be stupid.

Egos have gotten in the way of proper patient care...

Andrew Johnstone

May 6, 2020

...we are no longer a health care 'team', despite all the CMS-incentivized rhetoric and marketing. The docs who play golf with the administrators and politicians, and the specialists who are members of the same yacht club, live in their own bubble, and those of us doing the 90% of health care other than that, are pretty much ignored.

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