Doctors as Oracles
By Bryan Caplan
From Robin Hanson:
Heroic medicine is just too central to our culture, a culture where economists like me have far less authority than doctors.
From Rudi Giuliani:
Ultimately, a woman should make that [decision whether to get an abortion] with her conscience and ultimately with her doctor.
What?! Exactly what special training do doctors get in medical school that qualifies them to say whether a particular woman should get an abortion? It’s pretty clear that Giuliani isn’t talking about e.g. how far along the pregnancy is. Rather, he imagines that your doctor is also your confessor – or oracle.
Does this seem as weird to you as it does to me?