Uncommon Sense

April 27, 2022

Why the Animosity to Dr. Fauci

Why all the animosity to Dr. Fauci and, really, doctors in general? I do not think there is a simple answer to this question but part of it has to do with doctor’s attitudes. In the case of Dr. Fauci and the CDC, they were just doing the best they could under circumstances in which they didn’t really know much. This is actually the standard situation for all doctors. Doctors actually know very little, being basically medical technicians, but for societal (ego?) reasons, doctors put on airs as it they know a great deal more than they do.

Take for an example, aspirin. Aspirin was made in 1906, from natural starting materials that had a reputation for relieving pain, but also irritating the heck out of one’s stomach. Aspirin, which irritated stomachs way less and relieved pain way more became the most heavily used pain killer around the world and still is. And, we studied aspirin. It has been studied more than any other pharmaceutical by far. So, why did it take almost 100 years to figure out how aspirin worked? Doctors were prescribing aspirin for 100 years or so without the faintest idea how it worked. And if they didn’t know how aspirin worked, what about all of the other drugs in our Pharmacopeia? Knowing what works but not why is what technicians are for. But doctors hold themselves as being way above technicians in status.

Too many doctors have lofty opinions of their own competence, when most often they end up treating symptoms, as that has proven to be the wisest course in treating diseases, when you don’t really know what is going on. Again, this is what technicians do.

So, a new disease comes along, the Coronavirus of 2019, and it is similar to other viral diseases but different also. We seem to have a global economy, but not global health authorities, because different countries did different things. Sweden decided to ignore most of the prudent practices and as a consequence elderly Swedes died in droves. (In the U.S., almost 75% of all deaths were to those aged 65 and older. Note—the elderly are disproportionately harvested by every serious disease, don’t you know.) But we didn’t know how the disease affected various subgroups: “races,” age groups, ethnicities, etc., so we were blundering around in the dark, longing for data that exists now but did not exist then.

So, did the CDC authorities show any humility and claim that they were doing the best they could in the absence of more information, that their recommendations were based upon what seemed to work on similar diseases? They don’t seem to be allergic to H’s, as they certainly are well acquainted with hubris, but humility . . . not so much.

If there is any class of Americans despised most, it is the intellectual classes that claim to know what they are doing . . . but clearly do not, e.g. economists. Mix such a group with politicians, a thoroughly despised subgroup, and what did you expect?

5 Comments »

  1. We’ve seen –on NUMEROUS occasions– that the people of this country are VERY quick to judge. And their judgments are all-too-frequently based on what’s been “discussed” among the general populace (and, in particular, their common community) — NOT the experts. So then … is it any wonder that those who tried to advise people on the virus were criticized and castigated? And still are?

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    Comment by Nan — April 27, 2022 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

    • I keep asking those folks “Where did you get your information?” and then “How would they know?” At that point I get brushed off faster than an MLB umpire can brush off home plate.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 28, 2022 @ 10:58 am | Reply

      • OR — they present volumes of information from REALLY reliable sources! How can you NOT be convinced???

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        Comment by Nan — April 28, 2022 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  2. You mean “It has to be true, otherwise they couldn’t put it on the Internet?”

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    Comment by Steve Ruis — April 28, 2022 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  3. Steve Ruis and Nan, maybe because Anthony Fauci is a pathological liar?

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    Comment by ragnarsbhut — October 28, 2022 @ 9:01 pm | Reply


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