Physicians Spreading Misinformation on Social Media - Do Right and Wrong Answers Still Exist in Medicine?
Richard J Baron, Yul D Ejnes
N Engl J Med . 2022 Jul 7;387(1):1-3. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2204813. Epub 2022 May 18.
Medicine has a truth problem. In the era of social media and heavily politicized science, “truth” is increasingly crowdsourced: if enough people like, share, or choose to believe something, others will accept it as true. This way of determining “truth” doesn’t involve scientific methods; it relies instead on “the wisdom of crowds,” which has particular power in a democratic society in which leaders and policies are chosen by the will of the group. Such choices anchor concepts like freedom and liberty. But they may not be helpful in determining whether a building will collapse, whether your brakes will stop your car — or whether a medication or vaccine works.
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