We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Doctors killed as many as they saved until about 1940, when penicillin came in, because of overintervention, usually of crackpot theories. Starting at the time of the Flexner report, there was an increase in knowledge of basic sanitation and germ theory, quarantine, and A/B/A experimentation. Technological advances such as X-Rays certainly moved things forward. But MD's could basically only set a bone, tell you if your heart was good enough to go into the army, diagnose what was killing you and how long it might take, and nod wisely while giving you advice.
Assistant Village Idiot
A doctor friend of mine told me some years ago that medical schools have a problem. The costs are great and washing out a student after they have already begun the program leaves an empty seat and increases the costs to the college. So they push the student through. Because of quotas many students arrive at medical school unprepared and even incapable of learning what is taught. No worries they go through too and graduate as doctors.
"Other doctors think there is a need for yet another Flexner report, but this time to fix the systemic issues caused by profit-driven interests in healthcare."
The profit-driven interests need to be fixed? How about we fix the lawsuit industry and government over-regulation that make it impossible for sole practitioners stay in business? Why is Socialism always the answer to these people?
Also, 20% of our current crop of doctors is foreign born. Perhaps we need to open up more medical schools and fewer law schools.