As issues like novel viral infections, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and doctor shortages plague the U.S. and the world, many people have little to no tolerance for anti-doctor sentiment. For example, one fashion designer’s tweet claiming that “they” have “brainwashed” people into “believing we NEED doctors” is not being well-received by Twitter.
They have successfully brainwashed our society into believing we NEED doctors.— Chynel🌹 (@ChynelRose) February 7, 2020
This medical system was NOT established since the beginning of time.
It has to make you wonder what people were doing before “doctors” were a thing. Please do more research, I beg yall😔 https://t.co/2BBU6oDjWg
The tweet was in response to another making fun of people who listen to “b****es on Facebook” over doctors who have spent eight years in school and more in training to become health experts. Unfortunately, we seem to be in the “the concept of doctors is a conspiracy” stage of our nasty case of anti-intellectualism and anti-medicine trends.
The woman going by the name Chynel Rose is technically correct that at the “beginning of time,” there was no medical system in place. After all, there were no humans at the beginning of time, unless scientists are as wrong as Rose thinks doctors are.
However, many people have an answer to the question of what people were doing before doctors were “a thing.”
THEY WERE DYING YOUNG, THAT’S WHAT
— Louisa 🌈👭 (@LouisatheLast) February 8, 2020
My great aunt had 26 children, 18 survived to adulthood, this was considered fairly successful (1920s North England, pre NHS).— Hatpin Drill (@PippinDrill) February 9, 2020
They were dropping like flies sis. Please do more research, I beg you
— lontini 🍸 (@AmazonLoni) February 7, 2020
At the same time, multiple historians jumped at the chance to explain that, in fact, doctors have been around for all of recorded human history. They just didn’t have the technology or understanding of the human body necessary to stop minor infections from killing people yet.
Also, as a historian of medicine: 1) the clinical system we have today IS a distinctively modern/western construct 2) medical practitioners actually HAVE been around since pretty close to the beginning of time.
— Lucy (@singingscholar) February 8, 2020
they found Neanderthal skulls that had evidence of brain surgery with bone growth to suggest they lived another decade past it. Too bad tho, because until that was discovered we could’ve assumed her post was the side effect of caveman brain surgery.— john brown vibes (@Czechtwice) February 8, 2020
Anti-vax/medicalTwitter doesn’t realize that a lot if not most of modern medications are based on things found in nature… it just doesn’t grow everywhere so we make it.
Vaccines are an ancient idea. Hell Egyptians vaccinated themselves.. that’s on google too.
— Deezy Hendrix (@Blu__Lagoon) February 9, 2020
Rose tried to hit back on some of the tweets pointing out that people died much younger on average prior to modern medicine, demanding research to support this common knowledge (after dismissing other people’s requests for evidence to support her own claims).
Right here pic.twitter.com/oz1A4aTJuo— Orange Cassidy Stan Account (@FrancoisLuciano) February 8, 2020
Is called a death record, lady.— DankGarrod (@DankGarrod) February 8, 2020
She said “where’s the research” as if the history of the world hasn’t been extensively documented 💀— cult. enter at your own risk (@iJaadee) February 8, 2020
Of course, none of the efforts or research presented by reasonable Twitter users matter because OP doesn’t believe in silly things like “US medical websites” or “US history.”
🤗 y’all can chew me up all day😂my only goal is to educate people on the TRUTH. pic.twitter.com/vlSVpql1Qb— Chynel🌹 (@ChynelRose) February 8, 2020
When it comes to people like this, there’s really only one useful thing to ask.
Not trynna be funny but what high school you went too so I know not to send my child there.
— Idris Elbow (@Ryannnnn___) February 8, 2020