Why are Doctors so Dumb?
By Jo Ann LeQuang
The medical profession does not have a great track record. Way back in 1850, a European doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis was branded by his medical colleagues as “insane” for recommending that doctors wash their hands between medical procedures. Around 1900, doctors promoted a cough medicine known as Heroin (yes, the same stuff). In the 1930s to 1940s, doctors promoted cigarette smoking as a weight loss method and even appeared in ads. Today, we see doctors eager to medicate active little children and to prescribe pain killers rather than lifestyle modifications to their obese patients struggling with pain. Really, when is the last time you ever had a doctor talk to you about nutrition and exercise? American loves physicians like TV’s Dr. House—a misanthrope and drug addict who knows science and hates his patients. Not all doctors are like him—but physicians can be imperfect. Here are seven reasons why doctors are dumb and what you can do about it.