Many scholars believe this comment originated from the writings of Midrash Rabbah in the 4th-5th century. What he wrote was, “In the street of the totally blind, the one-eyed man is called clear-sighted, and the infant is called a scholar.”
We live in a world that is being ravaged by the direct and indirect effects of a pandemic. COVID-19 has taken its toll, and if you or a loved one has not contracted this disease, it appears to be only a matter of time before that will happen. Fortunately, the vast majority recover fairly quickly from COVID-19’s immediate effect. Unfortunately, it has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands, many of whom were lost way too soon. Sadly, this disease has become a political football for our leaders on both sides of the aisle. They have chosen to follow political science. IF they had followed what we have learned through evidence-based medical science, this pandemic would be all but over.
The misinformation from social media, inept journalism, and politicians has eroded the trust of the public. The medical community is not immune to the politics of this disease. There are very educated people in medicine who, frankly, are just not acting very smart. Subsequently, the damage that has been done to the integrity of the patient-doctor relationship throughout the health care community will take decades, if ever, to be restored.
Can you imagine in 2018 telling patients they need to wear a mask to enter your office to protect them from an airborne disease that may be present, and any of them questioning that? Today patients are demanding to be seen without donning a mask. Our elected leaders have taken County Health Departments out of the picture, and we now have school boards voting on how to care for children. Really? As if SARS-CoV-2 and subsequently COVID-19 will adhere to the policies they make and only infect children who do not follow their plan.
Researching social and mainstream media or aligning with a politician’s rhetoric is not a solid basis for informed decision-making regarding anything, much less lifesaving medical information. But we have one half the country that has been fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine. The other half of the country refuses that vaccine and goes for home remedies, including a horse deworming medication based on pseudo-scientific and social media reports.
In this land of the blind, we have many one-eyed Kings. For a moment, think about how MIrash Rabbah was believed to have phrased this quote initially. Our communities are filled with blind people with many one-eyed false prophets who are believed to be “clear-sighted.” At IASPS, our goal is to become like infants who have not been hardened by political science or media bias. We will stick to the basic principles and follow the path of evidence-based medicine. When we have evidence-based medicine the course is clear; we will make recommendations on how to implement that knowledge into your practice standards. Where evidence-based medicine is unavailable or unclear, we will exercise an abundance of caution. We will also help inform your patients why your office is offering the safest health care environment possible for them and their families.