"I really think the use of anonymous AskMe questions to seek what can only be medical opinions offered at a distance, with no accountability, and no followup, and not nearly enough facts to support any such opinion, is bad medicine. ...
"hey, the stump of my wrist is really bleeding, but going to the ER is inconvenient, how can I fix this with the microwave and duct tape?"
Such a standard already exists de facto. The standard is clear: it is "don't do it." The hundred or so doctors and lawyers who are familiar with what I do on MeFi have been unanimous in greeting it with, first, stunned disbelief, and then exhortations, often loud, to quit doing it. These are not people who hate health or lack compassion; they are highly ethical, brilliant professionals and the unanimity of their advice has made an impression on me.
when answering a question do you say "Well I am a doctor and I think this"? Personally, I think that is kind of childish. If your advice doesn't stand on it's own merits then you need to write better answers. Also, if the person you are talking to needs to hear your credentials to take you seriously you probably don't want them taking you seriously.
posted by Chuckles at 2:45 AM on July 16, 2005 [+] [!]