Comment 29228

By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted March 02, 2009 at 20:44:10

I'm aware of the tradeoff between practicing medicine and pursuing preventive health engineering and political activism. But it takes a special type of person to sit in an office all day listening to lonely people, hearing infinite excuses about why patients can't do this or that which might help them the most, and writing prescriptions and filling out pointless paperwork ad nauseam. Don't get me wrong, I admire those who can do this, but it is can be very draining.

I suppose the reason I spend time on this sort of drivel is that there are some inconvenient facts that society seems to ignore.

Like the fact that motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death from childhood to middle age. And that prevention in general is cheaper and more effective than treatment.

So if lawmakers and educators could do their job competently, and the public wouldn't be so resistant to improvement, I would have no reason to add my 2 cents.

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