Thursday, August 26, 2010

Just looking at pictures

Julie Rovner, the health reporter at NPR took a little swing at lazy radiologists by saying that all they do is sit in a room at look at pictures while primary care physicians have a lot of high-stress work. Maybe radiologists have a more cush lifestyle (although, I know a lot of people who wouldn't be able to stand doing what radiologists do), but it looks like Julie Rovner hasn't really researched what radiologists actually do and what merely "looking at pictures" actually means (i.e. invasive procedures, deciding whether someone needs an organ removed, deciding if someone needs a brain biopsy, etc.). Wtf, NPR? Maybe you should hire a health reporter that actually knows something about health.

This just points out the fact that most science/health reporters suck. They are trained as journalists, not scientists, but they have no problems making conclusions about science/medicine without actually knowing what they are talking about.

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