Medical Uncertainity, Error and Ignorance.
I came across this blog post on Wired Science called Writing About Uncertainty — & Medicine That Ignores It. It’s essentially about these twins who are conjoined at the head and share connections in their brain linking their conscious. In simpler terms, doctors believe that the two babies sense each others emotions of feelings. Like if one twin eats something, the other twin will feel full. The preeminent issue in the blog post, however, is that these observations are simply based on speculation. The author talks about how very little science is actually involved in this case. I found this to be really interesting because the author talks about if there’s a differences of opinions between two scientists and whether or not one has to conform to the others point of view. Something else that really stood out to me in this blog was when the author talked about another set of twins in Iran, ages 29, who had decided they wanted to live apart. They went to Singapore for their operation and were informed of a 50-50 chance for survival. They took the chance. They died shortly after the surgery because the doctors were unaware of a major vein that they shared. This just goes to show that maybe we don’t know as much as we claim too.
I highly recommend this article to everyone. A lot of the information also really pertains to what we talked about in class, in addition to much more. How do you guys feel about this?