Modern medicine seems to be distancing itself from the patient
We’re focusing more and more on inanimate objects than we are on people
The more tests, protocols or electronics the more reliant we become on them
but are they of benefit? and are they actually more effective than the skills we possess
Current scrutiny of modern technology simply reflects societal trends and perceptions
A lot of new methods are being scrutinized as much as the gimmicky and one hit pop stars that society currently produces
to be a success one must produce results and be venerated by his peers,
exactly the process involved in becoming a specialist
The word results indicates repeatability which is a scientific concept
and peers scrutinise these results
Scrutinise definition, to examine in detail with careful or critical attention.
society no longer values substance but celebrity and prominence
society no longer “examines in detail with careful or critical attention.”
it simply does not test the hypothesis
and to this i say
Why is it so?
society does not care any more and is too distracted to define value
care definition to be concerned about, have an interest in.
why is it so?
modern technology is worshiped by the masses in a cult like fashion
common tools used include media,promotion, and financial gain
and the veneration often does not come experts in the field after the fact, but from novices,
fans, marketers with an unproven theory
fans lack of experience and marketers are biased because of financial incentives
the concept of consistently producing significant results is one that a scientist must hold dearly and indeed a definition of success in itself
it implies reliability and defined beneficial end points or outcomes
these are hurdles every new medical method must be evaluated for
but are we simply going to accept the theory that a new technology may be beneficial or actually analyse it to see if it is?
society barely recognises this anymore being distracted by confounding factors blind acceptance, marketing and promotion
so i ask, who here is going to do a study
looking for improvements in morbidity, mortality, hospital waiting times or bed block
pre and post the introduction of electronic medical records,
how ordering tests online has led to efficiency and reduced costs
or in what area does mri make an impact
one must’ review new methods in practise
to base things on science
otherwise it’s just