Thursday, February 7, 2013

What would Einstein say to the IDSA?

The IDSA, Looking for answers in all the wrong places

Scientific arguments in the past:

The world is flat.
Man cannot withstand speeds over 35mph.
Travel in space is impossible.
Only gays need to worry about AIDS.
Blood letting was the cure.

I think the IDSA needs a reminder of what their jobs are. Throughout human history Science and Medicine have evolved from just a passing thought to questions to probable answers. Those answers that were fact from the first moment have now become replaced with new facts.

Even Einstein was ridiculed by the scientific community when he proposed a different view on a subject.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America has taken up the same arguments as those before them when change of thought is on the horizon. Patients are crazy, the doctors that treat them are lying about their qualifications and the advocates are plotting against the scientific community.

This would be funny if so many patients weren't being thrown unto the roadside and handed anti-depressants for their pain and suffering.