I was surprised to hear the actual origin of the word glamour. As a medical writer I often sense the distortion of reality when data is interpreted for personal or commercial interest. It is vital that we learn to cast a critical eye and engage in thoughtful consideration when confronted with the deluge of clinical findings, best practices and "evidence"-based medicine.
Consensibility and consensuality
“Scientific knowledge is distinguished from other intellectual artifacts of human society by the fact that it’s contents are consensible… each message should not be so obscure or ambiguous that the recipient is unable either to give it whole-hearted assent or to offer well-founded objections.” --John Ziman “Reliable knowledge”-1978
Consensuality represents facts and principles that are widely accepted by the majority of scientists-fully consensible communication requires an unambiguous language of the which the ideal form is mathematics.
So there shouldn't be anything necessarily glamorous about medicine. We need to introduce transparency into the economics of R&D, scientific institutions, research priorities and planning, and the agonizing ethical dilemmas facing the socially responsible scientist.
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