Doctors like to fancy themselves scientists

“I’ve always been rather amused by doctors who want to call themselves scientists. That’s always been a bit of a ruse to me, because doctors… they’re not scientists, in my opinion. They have a body of knowledge that they try to interpret to use to help other people. Scientists, to me, are people who… they use weights and measures, they use test tubes, they’re in a lab and they have quantitative analysis…

We don’t do any of that when we take care of people. What we do, and patients will tell you… if they go to five different doctors for their back pain, they’re going to get five different opinions and five different treatment modalities. What kind of science is that? Physicians are doing what they believe, from their knowledge base and their experience and their best abilities, to try to help people. But it’s not always the same.”

— Sherri Tenpenny, DO

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