Hi American Humans,Donald Trump’s recent selection of Dr. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services has caused me to wonder what has become of you humans. Dr. Price, as expected by a radical right wing Republican, favors destroying Obamacare and promoting the concept that access to medical care is a privilege rather than a right. He also wants to privatize Medicare, and he opposes gun control. All of these are to be expected from a Trump appointment.
But Dr. Price goes a step further. He is a member of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). The journal of that organization is the Journal of the American Physicians and Surgeons (JPandS). Besides being an extreme right wing organization, AAPS opposes evidence based medicine (medical care based on clinical studies, in other words statistically significant scientific medicine). They promote medical care based only on anecdotal reports (single case reports). In modern medicine, anecdotal reports can be the basis for then subsequently doing controlled scientific studies. They are hardly a substitute for evidence based medicine. Basing all of medicine on anecdotal reports was how it was done in the 19th Century and earlier but not today. Examples of AAPS ideas are opposition to vaccination, opposition to electronic health records, and denying the HIV virus as the cause of AIDS. Their journal is not listed in PUBMED (the NIH search engine for valid health research) because it is not a valid peer reviewed scientific journal. So now the Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United States of America is going to be a member of a pseudo-scientific quackish fringe organization. This is typical Trumpism, a fancy cover but rotten inside. If Dr.Price is to represent health care in America, he should resign from and denounce the AAPS.
P.S. Dad who is a physician helped me with this one.