Nov 15, 2017 06:50PM - edited Nov 15, 2017 07:26PM by sas-schatzi
Snow, Your statement " As for why laser isn't in use for breast cancer surgeries - Dr Sylvia Formenti, head of radiation oncology at Cornell in NYC, has been trying for a decade to have radiation treatments given to women in a prone position. She has written research papers showing it lessens damage to heart and lungs. Free and easy to learn but not still not standard practice."
Changes in practice of any aspect of medicine/surgery is first driven by science. A break from the status quo of accepted practice which is science based is driven by one person having an idea, and willing to do the research and publication of the idea. That approach may not be accepted by the "community" b/c it is different than what they learned.
Not all docs are idea people. Medical schools teach them to ridgely(sic) adhere to accepted medical/surgical standards. To practice outside of accepted medical/ surgical standards is heresy.
I went to the computer to check spelling of heresy and decided to throw in key words "scientific heresy". Great link.
Back to my espousing. Change within the medical/surgical community is really accomplished by the consumer. A better less costly way. I could do a fancy dancy dissertation on that, but the readers here get that without doing that.
I recognized right away within a short few hours from reading your topic box till I wrote the head slap statement (first page) that the medical/surgical field that we depend on had failed us. Might have been less, but you know there was a very short transition. Dr. Ansanelli and Dr. Formenti are two idea people. They tried to change the system. The system didn't/ doesn't want to change.
I've stated several times my goal is to force the change in the system by gathering information, developing a plan that makes the consumer aware there is a different way. The consumer will then pester the medical/surgical community "We demand change for a safer and better way, or we will take our dollars to those that will do it for less". Back to my simpler statement "A better less costly way".
All of progress in medicine/surgery were by idea people, the system finally accepted what they were doing. Hmmmm. that's good enough for now. The idea people are remembered b/c of the changes they brought about i.e Hippocrates et all.
We can force the change.