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One of the college's previous registrars likened the public to a "culture of blame ". Possibly this can be demonstrated numerically. Around the same time over a 10 year period the CPSA fielded 6500 complaints. 120 of these resulted in some action being taken (against the doctor, possibly just a letter on his file). 120/6500 equals .01846 a very small number but artificially inflated because the majority of the cases in the numerator involve sexual impropriety, not quackery. Possibly a more accurate number would be 20. This may even be generous but exact numbers are not necessary in collegian calculus, only the concept that a small number divided by a very large one is roughly zero. 20/6500 yields. 003077 which approaches (approximates) zero. If you consider when treating empirically with Cipro (empirical is defined as" relying on quackery ", "verifiable through experiment " the doctor assumes the experiment will have a positive outcome despite the following:
1) he is prescribing Cipro for a bacteria already known to be "unsusceptible " to Cipro. NGU is unsusceptible to Cipro but in Alberta it's OK to "treat " with Cipro
2) he is prescribing Cipro for "possible UTI " or suspected prostatitis whereby the doctor admits he has not isolated the bacteria but assumes it will be susceptible to Cipro because as he explains it to the patient, it is " a very powerful but very safe drug "
3) he has no idea what the patients toxicity threshold is when Cipro attacks all connective tissue (crippled) or what happens after the blood/brain barrier is breached (psychotic)
4) he has not heeded the CPS (manufacturer recommendations), FDA warnings and black box label.
It seems possible that the odds your life will be ruined by Cipro are greater than the college ruling in your favor against a doctor (for quackery ). In the case of the culture of blame vs the college's counter culture (the cult of the illusion of legitimacy) who really deserves to be marginalized here? Wouldn't it make sense for doctors to heed the CPS (manufacturer recommendations ), FDA warnings and black box label instead of the college's protocols?
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