Fake news and medicine (by Ben Gottlieb)

[ By on May 15, 2017 ]

Fake news has become so prevalent in our society over the last few years. It ranges from articles claiming false political agendas to small, unimportant fallacies. In my Bioethics class we reviews abortion laws and rules and we noticed that some doctors need to inform women about potential breast cancer risks from having an abortion. This has been proven to be an untrue link, yet it is still a requirement for doctors in some states to spread false information.

Even if doctors don’t have to mention the connection between abortions and medical problems, a patient is exposed to all sorts of incorrect information that looks legitimate. From the moment a patient sees the fake news, they have been tainted with wrong knowledge that can lead them to making the wrong decision. This applies to everyone, the presence of fake news could be causing us to make flawed decisions based on distorted viewpoints.

I would like to examine the link between fake medical journals and how they affect American citizens, lawmakers, and doctors. To do this I would look for articles and statements by these aforementioned groups about medical, or legal, decisions that they have made. Often times we can connect their reasons to a news piece or article on TV or the internet; using this information I would analyze their reasons and the truth.

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One Comment on “Fake news and medicine (by Ben Gottlieb)”

  1. KNF

    Kelley Nicholson-Flynn

    [ May 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm ]

    Interesting connection between the breast cancer link and “fake news.” What would happen if we had policies or laws prohibiting fake news? Would that be moral? What would be the problems with that? Given what you know about the power and limitations of science (especially scientific uncertainty), how would you imagine that playing out?

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