WHAT A COLUMN ON THE UNIMPORTANCE OF MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY REVEALS ABOUT THE STATE OF MEDICINE
While I don't agree with the insinuation found in the title of the brand new MedPage Today article by renowned cardiologist, Dr. Milton Packer (Do Physicians Need to Know How the Body Works?), some of the points he makes are not only brutally candid but spot on. For the record, Dr. Packer doesn't agree with this assertion either, but let's discuss some of his revelations as he makes his point.
As you might suspect, the point of Packer's article was not really to illuminate these various points, but as a 'gentle' rebuke --- 'diatribe' or 'scree' are far too harsh, although if written by someone with less class it could certainly have become that --- against PA's (Physician's Assistants) and NP's (Nurse Practitioners). "The theory of medicine is critical to the delivery of personalized and effective care. An understanding of disease mechanisms may be burdensome and may often be wrong. But separating theory from practice means relegating both patients and physicians to the status of a commodity. And we deserve better than that." While I am not going to debate the veracity of Packer's statement, his use of the word "COMMODITY" is interesting in this context because I've repeatedly used this same word to show you, the patient, that in our modern age of corporate medicine, it's all too often exactly how you are seen from the moment you enter the waiting room to start filling out paperwork.
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Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).