by Dr. Jordan Vaughn and Dr. Stewart Tankersley | Apr 20, 2022 |
The voice of dissent is an important part of any argument to further truth. There is a reason that a Ph.D. thesis is ‘defended’ as most innovative research is a challenge to the prevailing knowledge about a topic. Even more so, in the medical sciences, we must demand a seat at the table for the dissident and encourage their voice to be heard.
Consensus and Experts in science have value, but without the presence of dissent or questioning, the length for which an incorrect consensus persists will extend in perpetuity. In the medical sciences, where this consensus equates to actual interventions and treatments for individuals, this leads to the real harm of real people. Eventually, it threatens to undermine our profession’s trust to care for the sick and empower the well.
The foundation of medical practice in Judeo-Christian and natural rights founded governments is informed consent. This requirement stems from medicine and its ‘practice’ involving real people with real consequences, and the interventions and treatments always having both benefits and risks.
In many ways, this is the appearance of ‘dissent’ in medicine at the patient-doctor level. In our society, where there is risk, there must be choice. In the last two years, this foundational principle has been violated.
Informed consent has been replaced with mandates, and dissent has been replaced with censorship. The result is medical tyranny.