This New York Times article suggests that doctor arrogance is a significant cause of medical error. I certainly wouldn't be shocked if this were true. Still, given the thinness of the data, I have to wonder: [article excerpt] The observation that some people are jerks, and that jerkiness does not enhance performance, is not exactly
surprising. What I want to know is whether disruptive doctors actually account for a notable percentage of medical errors. I'm sure if you surveyed doctors, 20% or so could report an error caused by a lazy LPN, incompetent PA, or pigheaded nurse. But I'm skeptical that "nurse pigheadedness" is actually a major problem that America's healthcare system needs to address.
Megan McArdle is attracted to articles declaring that the people who do services for one are inferior, shoddy and arrogant. Yet doctors are of her social class are are often wealthy, making them elites and thereby immune from criticism. Who knows if it will be a doctor who finally gives Megan the McMansion and child(ren) and upper-class life she so richly deserves by virtue of birth and breeding? All Megan can do is point and quote, yet mitigate the article away to nothingness. It's kind of funny.
And Megan? Use plastic kitchen gloves.
UPDATE: Megan comments on her blog:
I wore gloves, but the latex isn't so good for my skin either.
Posted by Megan McArdle December 4, 2008 3:46 PM
Then why did she say, "After scrubbing my house from top to bottom after the move, the skin is literally peeling off my hands from all the chemicals."? Is it the chemicals or a latex allergy? And if it's a latex allergy, why didn't she say that? "Isn't so good for" is meaningless.
stupid mistake corrected