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Fri Nov 6, 2015, 08:34 PM

 

Carson is damaging the reputation of brain surgeons

As for brain surgery itself, the entire global profession can only watch him in horror. Along with neonatal and heart surgeons, brain surgeons are the rock stars of the surgical world. They are the most brilliant, the most feted, the most likely to be played by the hottest actor in a TV drama.

Yet, at the current rate of Carsonification, we could see some epochal disturbance in the rankings, as brain surgeons become gradually but powerfully aware that they are suddenly being talked down to at teaching hospital cocktail parties by an ENT guy, or – shudder – some absolute nobody from orthopaedics. By mid-2016 there will be people who’ve operated on Katie Price who are more respected than brain surgeons.

“Heal. Inspire. Revive” runs Carson’s slogan, even as he threatens to do quite the opposite to the reputation of brain surgery. Could he plunge its trust and esteem ranking down to the level of politicians and estate agents? I don’t think even he could debase neurosurgeons down to the level of journalists – still, another few historical digressions and he might surprise us.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/06/ben-carson-us-presidency-brain-surgery

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Liberal_in_LA Nov 2015 OP
darkangel218 Nov 2015 #1
NRaleighLiberal Nov 2015 #2
JonathanRackham Nov 2015 #3
Warpy Nov 2015 #4
scscholar Nov 2015 #5
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2015 #6
central scrutinizer Nov 2015 #7

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 08:36 PM

1. Carson is damaging the reputation of all homo sapiens species (whatever is left of it)

 

Simply disgusting.

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Response to darkangel218 (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 08:48 PM

2. rather Palin-esque. The Trumpster is just as damaging, but in a different way.

Political truth is stranger than any possible fiction these days.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 08:53 PM

3. Maybe he could switch to proctology.

Republicans have brains on the other end.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 09:05 PM

4. Carson isn't the only neurosurgeon to have fallen down the rabbit hole

One I very much respected back in Boston also did, although far less publicly.

It's a tough specialty. Very few of the things they tackle are totally curable.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 09:17 PM

5. Is there any evidence he has a medical degree?

 

Has a medical degree?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 09:23 PM

6. Actually, given the recent claims he has made, he is a..a grain..surgeon.

They just...spelt....it wrong.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 6, 2015, 09:44 PM

7. Let's hope no crazy rocket scientist climbs into the clown car

We can't afford to lose any more metaphors.

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