Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Fact or opinion?


I think an opinion is fine--everyone should have one, based on their assessment of the facts of the situation--but if the person "opining" doesn't have the background, I give their opinion to the amount of credibility it deserves--sometimes, zero. And I get sort of tired listening to people who make a living as guests on various shows, saying "I think this," and "I'd guess that they'll do that." I'd rather hear as much of the facts as are available and draw my own conclusions, based on my own interpretation of them.

I'm a physician--no longer in practice, but keeping up with the latest trends in medicine. (I even get CME from the Annals of Allergy, and believe me, that specialty has undergone some changes since I retired.) And that's why I silently boil when people on Facebook advocate this or that because they hear something from a relative or friend. In medicine, we used to say that "time after time" meant twice, and was observation, not a controlled series. Yet people take the advice of a stranger repeatedly.

I just heard a former Congressman, a lawyer, say that when he wants medical advice, he consults his personal physician--not a florist or a teacher. Sounds like a good approach to me. How about you?


4 comments:

Nancy said...

I'm an RN and I, too, think that is a good approach.

Priscilla Bettis said...

Yeah, I'd rather go to a doctor than a florist for medical advice. Now, for advice on my azaleas . . .

Patricia Bradley said...

I, too, am amazed at the people who get their information from FB, etc! Doesn't matter who's offering the advice--as long as it sounds good to them and it's what they want to hear.

Richard Mabry said...

Well, at least I know two people who don't depend on others' opinion--thanks to you both for your comments