Oh! Great Physician, Whither Thy Powess To Observe?
In a recent article, I stated inter alia, regarding the exit of the Jona regime:
'in our determined effort to do
away with the odium of that
regime, I did not see many doctors speak out and stand to be counted...'
Whereas the deliberate use of the word 'many' in the quoted text presupposes that 'some' doctors, though few by my reckoning, in fact 'stood up to be so counted'....,
Whereas there is a clear distinction between the words 'many' and 'any',
Whereas medical doctors as scientists are bound to be skilled in the art of observation,
Whereas hurried observations lead to wrong conclusions,
Whereas the ability to make close, patient and painstaking observations by doctors in examining patients' body parts and habits and test specimens and results can make the difference between life and death,
Whereas the Jona regime is not the only bad government in Nigeria,
Whereas there are bound to be exceptions to every rule,
Whereas my articles were at no time restricted to lampooning the said regime to the exclusion of other insensitive and repressive regimes in our nation,
Whereas my articles pointed out flaws across tribal, religious and party lines,
Whereas persons in doubt of my mindset are at liberty to visit my Profile Page to at the very least, have an idea of my personality, and,
Whereas I had taken pains to build up my Profile Page so comprehensively as to readily lend itself to advising persons who may be so inclined, about my mindset,
I am very dismayed that fellow doctors sorely goofed while responding to the said article:.
While some doctors 'reminded' me that there are some doctors doing exactly what I said while admonishing me not to 'generalize', some accused me of 'being partisan'!
A colleague in fact actually scolded me for 'allowing my affinity for the APC to becloud my sentiments'...so much so that I felt compelled to render a list of 'my opposition-bashing articles'!
And as crass impulsiveness consequent upon poor observatory skills would lead to diagnostic blunders, I am constrained to ask:
Whither the powess of the physician to observe?
For crass impulsiveness in doctors portends danger to patients!
Dr Tosin Akindele is a medical practitioner and public affairs analyst.